LA Times blasts teachers union

Chantal Lovell

Communications Director

Chantal Lovell
August 9, 2021

LA Times blasts teachers union

The United Teachers Los Angeles is drawing criticism from some of its strongest supporters, including the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.

In a scathing editorial, The Times Editorial Board blasted recent votes by chapters of the UTLA to urge the United States to join the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. The resolution will be considered by the full union in September.

“Teachers and their union have many social concerns on which they could legitimately take a stand,” the editorial reads. “But support for BDS wouldn’t accomplish a thing. The union would be better off keeping its nose out of the Middle Eastern affairs that don’t affect its members or the schools, in which it has no expertise.”

The LA Times editorial follows a unanimous vote by the LAUSD Board of Education to condemn UTLA’s anti-Israeli rhetoric.

“The Board of Education denounces the rise in anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish, and anti-Israeli rhetoric and hate-motivated crimes and incidents that denigrate Jewish students and staff in the communities served by LAUSD,” the board’s resolution reads.

While the United Teachers Los Angeles may prefer debating international affairs to issues closer to home, it may want to rethink its stance given the fact it is already driving members to leave, and is causing many more to threaten withdrawing membership if the full union solidifies this controversial stance.

To quickly and securely drop membership from the United Teachers Los Angeles, or any government union, visit

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