United Teachers Los Angeles

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United Teachers Los Angeles - UTLA
Full nameUnited Teachers Los Angeles
Members35,000 (2013)[1]
AffiliationCalifornia Federation of Teachers (AFT), California Teachers Association (NEA)
Key peopleAlex Caputo-Pearl, President

Cecily Myart-Cruz, UTLA/NEA VP

Betty Forrester, UTLA/AFT VP

Juan Ramirez, UTLA Elementary VP

Colleen Schwab, UTLA Secondary VP

Arlene Inouye, UTLA Treasurer

Daniel Barnhart, UTLA Secretary
Office location3303 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90010

34°03′45″N 118°17′40″W / 34.062421°N 118.294575°W / 34.062421; -118.294575Coordinates: 34°03′45″N 118°17′40″W / 34.062421°N 118.294575°W / 34.062421; -118.294575
CountryUnited States
United Teachers Los Angeles - UTLA

United Teachers Los Angeles is the main representative of certified, non-administrative staff in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior to 1970, primary and secondary school teachers in Los Angeles were chiefly represented by a local of the American Federation of Teachers (called the Los Angeles Teachers Alliance, LATA) and the Associated Classroom Teachers of Los Angeles (ACT-LA) which was affiliated to the National Education Association.[2] There were other smaller teachers unions active before 1970 that also merged into UTLA. Over a dozen different organizations merged to form UTLA.

The first broad federation of Los Angeles School District teachers was the Affiliated Teacher Organizations of Los Angeles, formed between 1930 and 1932.

UTLA is very active in the political sphere of California, especially since Proposition 13, which severely limited the amount that public schools can receive from property taxes. This shifted the burden to the state and increased the competition between state funded groups. The union has also advocated strongly against school voucher programs and attempts to break up the school district.[3]


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