GLENDALE — After weeks of campaigning against planned lay-offs, about 70 parents and students from across the Glendale Unified on Wednesday protested outside the teachers union headquarters against what organizers said was poor leadership and short-sightedness.
Last week, the union executive board voted to cancel a third mediation session and move straight to fact-finding, where a neutral arbiter will review the data and produce an advisory report. The process could last through August, and could end days before school begins.
"We want them to know their parent community is very unhappy they are not willing to cooperate and negotiate and get this settled," Linda Guzik said. "From the parent standpoint, it seems ridiculous to not know what's behind door No. 3 before deciding they don't want what's behind the door."
Parents were planning to demonstrate outside school district offices Thursday, but changed the venue when the Glendale Teachers Assn. canceled a bargaining meeting scheduled for the same day.