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The streets of Los Angeles were filled with solidarity this week, as more than 65,000 education workers and allies walked picket lines in rain and shine to demand respect, dignity and a living wage.

(Update: SEIU 99 reached tentative agreement with L.A. Unified on the day following the three-day strike.)

The three-day unfair labor practice strike was called by SEIU Local 99, which represents education support professionals at Los Angeles Unified School District including bus drivers, food service workers, custodians and special education assistants. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) members honored the strike, as educators once again walked the line for respect and dignity in the workplace.

“We are standing in solidarity with SEIU Local 99. This is a righteous fight. We’re out here in these streets because it is so important,” said UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz. “We are speaking out, we are speaking up and we will no longer be silent.”

Educators from across the country showed support for SEIU Local 99 and UTLA, including the Chicago Teachers Union.

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