September 2, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A classroom breakfast program serving nearly 200,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students is at the center of a dispute over funding priorities between two of the district's most influential unions.
The Los Angeles Times reports the teachers union dislikes the program because it eats up teaching time. United Teachers Los Angeles said it won't support the program unless it's moved out of the classroom and concerns over lost teaching time and food messes are addressed.
The union representing cafeteria workers says more than 900 of its members may lose their jobs if the program is cut.
District Superintendent John Deasy says he'll let the school board decide the fate of the program, and other budget matters, as it mulls demands by UTLA to restore jobs and increase pay.