Hint of new negotiations as LA teachers strike enters day 3

A Los Angeles teachers union leader hinted of a possible resumption of contract bargaining today as striking educators in the second largest U.S. school district walked picket lines outside hundreds of schools for a third day.

United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl told teachers rallying in the rain outside a high school "We'll have more information for you later in the day about the bargaining table and when we're getting back to that bargaining table." Caputo-Pearl said the union had "engaged" Mayor Eric Garcetti to help in the dispute that prompted administrators to staff classroom with substitute teachers, but he provided no further details. The mayor doesn’t have authority over the school district but has been involved in seeking a resolution of the contract dispute.

Los Angeles Unified School District administrators have urged the union to resume bargaining.

Dawn Kamber