Los Angeles sees city’s first teachers’ strike in 30 years.

More than 32,000 Los Angeles teachers and staff members are walking off the job.

United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl, center at podium, announces Jan. 13 that the union's members will go on strike. (Damian Dovarganes Associated Press)Weeks of heated negotiations between the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) went nowhere, leading to the city’s first teachers’ strike in 30 years.

Both the union and the school district say they want smaller class sizes, bigger teacher salaries, and more counselors and nurses in the district’s roughly 1,000 schools.

Schools will be open but it’s unknown how many students will head to classes in the nation’s second-largest school system. Some will be joining their teachers on the picket line.

“It’s case by case, school by school,” said Shannon Haber, chief communications officer for LAUSD.

On Twitter, local organizations including the Los Angeles Tenants Union and the California Teachers Assn. announced their support using the hashtags #strike4ed and #redfored.

By deciding to walk out for smaller class sizes, more support staff, fewer standardized tests and charter school regulation, LA’s teachers have ensured that California will be the next state hit by a strike wave that shows no signs of ebbing anytime soon.

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