Dec 19, 2018

Los Angeles teachers are on the brink of striking over wages

Protestors march against education funding cuts in Los Angeles, Dec. 15. Photo: Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A union representing 31,000 teachers and school staff plans to strike on Jan. 10 following months of stalled negotiations, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The state of play: United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District have agreed on an initial salary number, but they can't agree on a raise structure. The union wants a 6.5% raise retroactive to July 1, 2016, but the school district is only offering a 3% raise retroactive to July 1, 2017. A statement by the union's leader on Wednesday suggests it's very unlikely there will be a resolution in time for the deadline.

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What top CEOs fear telling America about the coronavirus shutdown

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Top CEOs, in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if America doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May, corporate leaders tell Axios.

Why it matters: The CEOs say massive numbers of companies, big and small, could go under if business and government don't start urgent talks about ways groups of workers can return.

Health care workers vs. the coronavirus

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Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.

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Coronavirus crisis tests Trump’s love for cheap oil

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

President Trump is working to help an oil industry imploding as the coronavirus crisis chokes demand, but listen closely and you’ll hear his enduring love for cheap prices.

Why it matters: He’s like most Americans, who worry about energy only when it’s expensive or gone. As president, Trump has been slow and uneven in responding to the sector’s turmoil because of his inclination to cheer rock-bottom prices.