Firefighters march in support of striking LA teachers

Firefighters march in support of striking LA teachers
FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2018, file photo, United Teachers Los Angeles leaders are joined by thousands of teachers as they march past the Walt Disney Concert Hall downtown Los Angeles. The union representing striking teachers in Los Angeles says the strike will continue into its sixth school day on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, regardless of the outcome of negotiations Monday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters are marching in downtown Los Angeles to support public school teachers as their strike enters its second week.

The firefighters are taking time out Tuesday morning from a conference of the International Association of Fire Fighters to back the teachers.

Thousands of educators represented by United Teachers Los Angeles walked off the job and onto picket lines Jan. 14 for the first time in 30 years.

The union and the Los Angeles Unified School District are at odds over issues including salary, class sizes and support staff.

Schools have stayed open during the strike with substitute teachers in classrooms.

Negotiations between the two sides continued through the long holiday weekend.

The district is the second largest in the U.S. after New York City.