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L.A. Unified and teachers union agree on health benefits

February 11, 2009 | 12:02 pm

The L.A. Unified teachers union has reached a tentative agreement with the district over their top priority, health benefits, after months of negotiations.
United Teachers Los Angeles officials announced Tuesday that they would hold a strike authorization vote because they were frustrated over the pace of negotiations, and it is unclear if the agreement would halt any momentum for a work stoppage. The 48,000-member union and district are still negotiating over pay increases and standardized testing.
Seven other unions also agreed to the health benefit package.
Currently, district employees are eligible for lifetime benefits if they have worked a certain number of years for the district.
Union and L.A. Unified officials will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. today to announce details of the agreement. 

-- Jason Song

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