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LA Teachers Union Refuses A 'Premature' Return To Classrooms

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An education worker receives a vaccination at a mass vaccination site in a parking lot at Hollywood Park adjacent to SoFi stadium on March 1. (Patrick T. Fallon / AFP via Getty Images)
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Members of the United Teachers Los Angeles union have voted overwhelmingly to demand three conditions before returning to class.

Those include: teachers must have the opportunity to be fully vaccinated; L.A. County must move into the red tier; and certain safety protocols are required to be in place.

UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz called the vote "overwhelming" and decisive.

"Out of 24,580 ballots cast 91% were yes and 9% were no that powerful UTLA members have voted overwhelmingly to resist a premature and unsafe physical return to school sites."

Myart-Cruz said teachers will refuse to step back onto campuses if conditions are not met.
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"This signals that members are prepared to refuse to except an unsafe work assignment."

UTLA has said it does not believe that LAUSD will be able to meet these requirements by the proposed April 9 reopening date.

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