Educators rally as a strike against the Los Angeles Unified School District entered its fifth day outside City Hall in Los Angeles Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Clashes over pay, class sizes and support-staff levels in the district led to its first strike in 30 years and prompted the staffing of classrooms with substitute teachers and administrators. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters are marching in downtown Los Angeles to support public school teachers as their strike enters its second week.
The firefighters are taking time out Tuesday morning from a conference of the International Association of Fire Fighters to back the teachers.
#IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger leads 1,600 fire fighters in solidarity with striking school teachers in Los Angeles. #LAUSDStrike @rweingarten @AFTunion @AFLCIO @UTLAnow @ABC7JulieSone @KTLA @AP @CNN @KCBSKCALDesk @howardblume pic.twitter.com/9vhUkGw4T6— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) January 22, 2019
Thousands of educators represented by United Teachers Los Angeles walked off the job and onto picket lines Jan. 14 for the first time in 30 years.
The union and the Los Angeles Unified School District are at odds over issues including salary, class sizes and support staff.
Schools have stayed open during the strike with substitute teachers in classrooms.
Good morning from #ALTS2019! How do 1600 union proud firefighters from across the US like to get their day started? With a 6 AM March to support our Brothers and Sisters in the @UTLAnow! pic.twitter.com/oeIJ2mCtFJ— Asheville Fire Fighters (@AFFA332) January 22, 2019
Standing strong with our brothers and sister teachers of UTLA. "When our schools are under attack, stand up fight back" pic.twitter.com/eaoKQP8Qkz— Dabney Hudson (@dshudsonL36) January 22, 2019
Negotiations between the two sides continued through the long holiday weekend.
The district is the second largest in the U.S. after New York City.
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