You deserve a union that works for you and with you

You got into education to make a difference. You should make a great living too!

Monique M Lukens

Lauren Gordon-Ruderman


We will make UTLA work for your pay, your benefits, your job and your retirement!


    Lauren Gordon-Ruderman


    My name is Lauren Gordon-Ruderman, and I am running for Board of Director for Valley East. I have been a loyal LAUSD educator and UTLA member for 17 + years, and am currently UTLA Vice-Chair for the Virtual Academy’s ISWL. To date, I have taught general and special education across grade levels and needs. Holding two credentials and an MA in SPED afforded me firsthand awareness of the joys and challenges of working as an LAUSD educator. I am aware of the issues that impact our teachers. If elected, I shall fulfill the essential responsibilities of the position, while passionately working to change conditions impacting our UTLA members. Additionally, I shall work with our United Team for Change as a unified voice committed to creating better outcomes for LAUSD employees. Our team is ready to seek results that resolve any issues compromising and/or threatening the job stability of our members. If entrusted with your vote, it would be an honor to serve you in these capacities. Thank you



    Vote For Change!

    We will return democracy to UTLA to empower all of our members again!

    The president changed the constitution to take away the veto power of the Hosue Of Representatives giving her the power of a dictator. This silences your voice!

    Vote For Change candidates will make sure every one of us has a voice in our union and nobody is silenced, disrespected, or dismissed. You deserve to be heard.

    We have a comprehensive plan to raise teacher pay!

    Anyone can say raise teacher pay, but we have a comprehensive plan to make it happen. Each and every one of you deserves to be paid a substantial professional salary. We will make that happen, together.


    We will do more to stop the abuse and intimidation of teachers!

    You deserve to work free of intimidation. We will protect your rights and strengthen your representation during grievance hearings.

     Bring back SCRAM.  Stop member abuses by administrators.


    We will end excessive workload increases without additional pay

    You should not be expected to do more and more work without being paid for it! Your time should be rewarding to you and you should be well compensated for it.


    We will fight for less testing

    Testing should not replace time teaching. Students are not standardized cogs in a machine. They are individuals with very individualized needs, learning styles, and challenges.


    Restructuring public education for families to better afford to live in L.A.

    Students’ families and teachers struggle to be able to afford to live in Los Angeles. We will work to create a modern curriculum that empowers students, teachers, and schools to increase economic stability and security moving forward.


    Creating more accountability & transparency for UTLA

    When you show up and succeed in getting an important motion passed only to have it disappear into some committee, that is unjust and unacceptable!

    We have the expertise and experience to know what UTLA should be doing that they are not doing, and what they are doing that they definitely should not be doing!

    We will make UTLA transparent and accountable to you and every rank-and-file member.


    Reducing teacher workload

    Overcrowded classrooms and insufficient numbers of teachers aids and support staff put undue burdens on you.

    We will work together in reducing teacher workloads. 

    Making professional development relevant to each teacher

    Professional development should be relevant to each teacher.

    Removing political factionalism/exclusion within UTLA so we can win together

    For too long UTLA has been run like an insiders club. Past officers have been excluded and frozen out in an apparent effort to preserve power.

    We will create an inclusive collegial environment and welcome the input, ideas, and participation of every past elected officer, many of whom have a wealth of experience that can continue to help our members.

    The information herein represents the views and opinions of the candidates and does not necessarily represent or reflect the opinions of UTLA.