The Los Angeles teachers union has hired Wayne Johnson -- a former president of the organization known for his leadership of a 1989 strike that resulted in an eventual 24% pay raise -- as a special advisor for its current contract talks. Union head A.J. Duffy said making Johnson a consultant will strengthen his group's campaign for a 9% pay raise, smaller classes and more local control of schools, but some district officials said the hiring could be a sign union leadership is weak.

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