Los Angeles Teachers-Strike
Los Angeles Teachers-Strike

Marathon talks to end a teachers' strike in America's second-largest school district were reportedly "making progress" Monday, but the strike will continue into its sixth day Tuesday, even if a deal is reached, union representatives said.

Some 30,000 teachers in the Los Angeles school district walked off the job on Jan. 14, demanding higher pay, smaller class sizes and more support staff.

Union leaders said even if the two sides reach an agreement before the start of the school day Tuesday, teachers will not be in class because the contract has to be ratified by union members.

Thousands of teachers and supporters hold signs in the rain during a rally, Jan. 14, 2019, in Los Angeles. Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers went on strike Monday for the first time in three decades after contract negotiations failed in the n
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Negotiators for 30,000 striking Los Angeles teachers and America’s second-largest school district have agreed to return to the bargaining table Thursday, with Mayor Eric Garcetti acting as mediator, his office said.Wednesday’s announcement of the breakthrough capped the third day of a strike that has disrupted classes for nearly 500,000 students as teachers pressed their demands for higher pay, smaller classes and more support staff.Representatives of the two sides, the Los Angeles Unified School…

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, whose office is mediating the talks, sounded an optimistic note Monday.

"The parties are still at the table, and I am optimistic that we have the momentum to take those final steps toward bringing our teachers and young people back into their classrooms,'' he said in a statement.

The teachers' main complaint is that the classes in the school district are so large, the students sometimes don't have desks, forcing them to sit on the floor or on window sills.

The school district has about 600,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12.