(FOX 11/ CNS) Classes were cut short at Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton today when many of the teachers did not show up as part of a job action the superintendent called a violation of the teachers' union contract.
About 55 teachers called in sick at the roughly 2,600-student school at 15301 S. San Jose Ave., and some students apparently went home before noon, although substitute teachers were brought in to cover classes.
"There appears to have been a concerted work stoppage effort at Dominguez High in violation of Article 25 of the Compton Educators Association's" contract with the Compton Unified School District, Superintendent Darin Brawley said. "It appears teachers may be dissatisfied with the lace of progress related to negotiations."
According to broadcast reports, many of the teachers said they had gone seven years without a raise, while union officials said today's sick-out was not authorized by the union.
Contract negotiations may be discussed at a school board meeting set for tonight.
"Regardless of the reason for today's event, students should never be
used as pawns in conducting the business of the district," Brawley said, adding that an investigation of the walkout was pending.
Students at Dominguez High School in Compton showed up to class this morning only to find many of their teachers missing.
Administrators and students were thrown into disarray as they scrambled to find personnel to cover classes that were missing teachers.
As teachers were not available to discuss the absences, rumors flew about what was transpiring, but it was apparently attributed to a salary dispute.
Some parents came to pick up their students, others were left at the school, unattended. A parent who drove by reported that there were students "running around" the school, apparently without supervision.
The LA Times reported that Emails to the head of the teachers union were not immediately returned, and the union's phone line was persistently busy.