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L.A. Area Chamber urges LAUSD and UTLA to work around the clock to come to agreement

LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce released the following statement:

“The Los Angeles regional business community is extremely concerned about the impact the impasse and teachers’ strike are having on the welfare of our children, their families and the businesses in which their parents work. Our children are caught in the middle of the conflict between the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). Everyday an agreement is not reached in this dispute is another day that students fall behind,” said Maria S. Salinas, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. 

“Undoubtedly, these past few days have been tense, but all disputes aside, we remain convinced LAUSD and UTLA have more common ground than not and share the same goal of providing the best quality education for our students. They must commit to staying the course until an agreement is reached.”

“The Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce urges all parties to remain at the negotiating table day and night, and bargain in good faith to arrive at a resolution, which prioritizes our students and their education. We appreciate the Mayor’s leadership in restarting talks, and call on him to work with the parties around the clock, all with the goal of getting our kids back in the classroom immediately. We remain optimistic that, with all parties back at the bargaining table, under the Mayor’s leadership, a resolution can be found in the best interest of our children.”


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit To coordinate an interview, please contact Mandy Denaux, or 213.580.7532.