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Judge rules that Los Angeles teachers' strike can begin on Monday

Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times on

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Strobel did not take issue with the union's recent activities.

"The judge denied their request on the merit," a member of the union legal team, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said of the district. "No matter what happened in the past, the Jan. 3 notice was good enough. For the purpose of UTLA, we get to go forward with our strike."

Attorneys for the district asserted that the legal issues were still on the table, even if they would not stop a strike.

L.A. Unified will be weighing whether to ask a court of appeal to review the judge's decision, said its deputy general counsel, Alexander Molina. Although the district did not win a court order to delay a strike, it still has an active lawsuit for breach of contract that it intends to pursue, Molina said.

Such a suit, however, would play out in standard legal time, perhaps over the course of six months to a year, attorneys said.

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