Bargaining Updates

Every year we have what is called contract openers and re-openers between United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA)and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). For instance, we may need to bargain on certain items within the contract or the entire contract all together. Some areas of the contract are only negotiated for certain periods of time, such as salary increases and class size standards, and need to be "re-opened' for negotiations, also known as bargaining, and not always, but the entire contract can open all at once for negotiations. There are also Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and side agreements made with the District. 

 

Current Bargaining Flyers

For members

Most Recent Bargaining Update

Bargaining Update - Nov. 1, 2017
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SEE ALL BARGAINING FLYERS

 

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  • No. 6
August 23, 2917 - Bargaining Flash No. 6
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  • No. 5​​​​​
July 29, 2017 - Bargaining Flash No. 5
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  • No. 4
Feb. 21, 2017 - Bargaining Flash No. 4
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  • No. 3
Feb. 7, 2017 - Bargaining Flash No. 3
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  • No. 2
Jan. 17, 2017 - Bargaining Flash No. 2
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  • No. 1
Jan. 4, 2017 - Bargaining Flash No. 1
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For Parent Leafletting

Bargaining Platform

Parent Bargaining Flyer (English)
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Parent Bargaining Flyer (Spanish)
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2017 Full Contract Bargaining Timeline Snapshot

Click on 'Read More' to get detailed information from each session or click on "the date" to go to full proposals below. *Yet to Bargain

 

  • Nov. 30, 2017 - YTB*
     
  • Nov. 16, 2017 - We made a counterproposal demanding annual increases in district contributions to healthcare to ensure premium-free coverage for active and retired employees and to help preserve the healthcare reserve.
     
  • Nov. 13, 2017 - We met at the bargaining table on Monday, November 13. As a result of our strong push back, the district backed down from their proposal to have NBCT teachers reassigned. The district will submit counter proposals on salary and community schools at the next contract bargaining on Thursday, November 30. Healthcare bargaining will be on Thursday, November 16.
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  • Nov. 2, 2017 - UTLA and LAUSD met at the bargaining table on Thursday, November 2. The district has not made any significant proposals on key issues relating to salary, lower class size, overtesting, increase in per-pupil funding, and more nurses, counselors, and teacher librarians. We countered their 2% one-time salary increase with a 6.5% permanent salary increase and requested a counter proposal from the district on salary, special ed, and community schools at the next contract bargaining  on Monday, November 13. 
     
  • Oct. 26, 2017 - On Thursday, Oct. 26, the district made significant movement on their initial proposal intended to gut our healthcare, and they are now willing to fund our healthcare at current levels for the next three years through 2020. Read proposal and more
     
  • Oct. 12, 2017 - The biggest development in bargaining this week happened away from the table — the October 11 school-site actions built power to support bargaining. We presented four proposals while the district counter-proposed two. 
     
  • Oct. 11, 2017 - LAUSD continues to try to get the LAUSD employees unions to bargain amongst ourselves and pick our own cuts to healthcare. The unions are staying unified and not accepting that cuts-driven approach.
     
  • Oct. 4, 2017 - Bargaining continued with little action at the table. We presented nine proposals while the district countered with two. 
     
  • Sept. 20, 2017 - (healthcare bargaining) - LAUSD makes it clear: Healthcare cuts are on the table District officials do not plan to fund healthcare at current levels, pointing instead to a menu of 4 types of healthcare cuts. UTLA and representatives from all of the eight unions representing LAUSD employees met with the district on Wednesday for the first session of healthcare bargaining. Read More>>
    After months of saying employee healthcare costs are unsustainable, the district made no written proposal of its own at the bargaining table. What they did was make clear that they don’t plan to continue funding healthcare at the current levels and asked the unions to identify our own healthcare cuts. The district bargaining team referenced a recent presentation given to the School Board as the source for four brutish options:
     
    • Take away dependent healthcare coverage: Provide healthcare coverage only for the employee or the retiree.
    • Take away full family/retiree healthcare coverage: Provide coverage only for the employee or the retiree plus one dependent.
    • Take away premium-free healthcare: Require employees and retirees to pay up to 20% of the cost of coverage.
    • Take away healthcare plan choices: Provide full coverage only in the lowest-cost plan, with the employee/retiree picking up the difference if they choose a higher-cost plan.

      We reject any concessions.

      UTLA and our labor partners made one proposal at the table Wednesday, to continue for another six years the full funding of healthcare for all active and retired members.

 

  • September 15, 2017 - Bargaining continued with members of the community joining the table.
     
  • August 21, 2017Bargaining continued during the summer. UTLA demands included increase in HHS staffing, lower class sizes, ethnic studies, and more member input in professional development.
     
  • July 20, 2017: Earlier in July, the district proposed a one-time 2% bonus in response to UTLA's demand for an ongoing 7% salary increase. Additionally, the district has not agreed to our demands to expand the decisionmaking power of educators, parents and students in our schools. Read More >>
Next week, site leaders will meet with officers and staff to discuss our bargaining strategy and to start building a Contract Action Team at every site. We will be shaping an aggressive organizing plan for the new school year to build the power needed to win a fair contract. At the bargaining table, we will continue to bring in rank and file members helping to craft proposals.

 

  • July 7, 2017: UTLA proposed changes to Article XI on Transfers and Article XXIV on Student Discipline which we have requested to change the title to “School Climate, Student Discipline and Positive Behavior Support.” LAUSD did not offer any counter proposals. 
     
  • June 20, 2017: We proposed changes to articles in Adult & Career Education, Early Ed Centers and the Substitute Employees. The district counter-proposed a one-time 2% off-schedule salary increase for the 2017-18 SY.
     
  • June 1, 2017: We reiterated our demand for an ongoing 7% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2016. This is a fair proposal that recognizes the district’s financial position and will help retain qualified educators during a growing shortage of teachers and HHS professionals. LAUSD made no new proposals today. Read More >>
The shift on the School Board will make our work to win a fair contract more intense. Over the summer break, UTLA leaders, staff, and chapter chairs will be shaping an aggressive organizing plan for the new school year to build the power needed to win a fair contract, including getting us strike ready by February 2018. The goal is to settle a contract that meets our demands without a strike, and the best way to do that is to be prepared for one. Our strategic plan will reflect where our true power lies — with our members and our connection to our community. Our priority is to get all of the proposals from our Schools L.A. Students Deserve platform on the table as soon as possible.

 

  • May 25, 2017: We proposed a permanent and ongoing seven percent salary increase (7%) retroactive to July 1, 2016. This is a fair proposal that recognizes the district’s financial position and will help retain qualified educators during a growing shortage of teachers and HHS professionals. Read More >>
Additionally, as part of our ongoing effort to reduce class sizes, the district was notified that UTLA will not agree to renew Article XVIII, Section 1.5 in our new contract.

This section of the current contract, agreed to many decades ago, is a waiver of our statutory right to bargain over class sizes, and the district has abused it for years. It allows the district to unilaterally violate the class size averages and maximums in our contract, but it expires with our current contract on June 30, 2017.

LAUSD made two counterproposals that were unacceptable. In response to our proposal for stronger Local School Leadership Councils, the district continues to reject the notion that parents and educators should have control over local school budgets.

 

  • May 4, 2017: LAUSD provided a counter proposal to our demand for teacher discretion over all assessments and standardized tests not mandated by the state or federal government, but only offered to meet and consult on testing issues. Read More >>
UTLA is standing its ground and deeming this unacceptable to the entire teaching profession and the students we serve.
UTLA made a proposal to expand member representation rights, increase the number of itinerant chapter chairs and increase their access to members.

 

  • April 20, 2017: We gave the district our bargaining platform (click ''Read More') and discussed Leaves and Absences, Academic Freedom, and Local School Leadership Councils. The district proposed a one year memorandum of understanding to implement Article XVIII, Section 1.5 of the current contract. Read More >>
UTLA 2017-18 Bargaining Platform (English)
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UTLA 2017-18 Bargaining Platform (Spanish)
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  • April 18, 2017: We Sunshined bargaining demands for a new contract at the School Board meeting.

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FULL PROPOSALS

Nov. 13, 2017

LAUSD Counterproposals​​​​​
Article XXIV - Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss
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Articel XXVII - Shared Decision-Making School-Based Management
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Oct. 12, 2017

UTLA Proposals
Article XXII - Multi-track Schools
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Article IX - Hours, Duties & Work Year
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LAUSD Counterproposals

 

Oct. 4, 2017

UTLA Proposals
Article X - Educator Development, Support & Evaluation
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Article XII-A - Attendance Incentive Plan
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LAUSD Counterproposals
Article IX-B - Professional Development
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Article XXIV - Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss
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Sept. 15, 2017

UTLA Proposals
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Community Proposals
  • Community proposals (13 pages) include:

13-page Community Bargaining Packet
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Summer/Winter/Intersession Intervention/Extended Learning Program Sessions

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UTLA Rights

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Multitrack Schools

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August 21, 2017

UTLA Proposals

Academic Freedom

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Class Size

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Professional Development

Article IX-B - Professional Development
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LAUSD Counterproposals

Leaves & Absences

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Salaries

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Substitute Employees

Article XIX - Substitute Employees
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Adult & Career Education

Article XXI - Adult & Career Education
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Early Education Centers

Article XXIII - Early Education Centers
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July 20, 2017

UTLA Proposals

Special Education 

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Article XI-B - Master Plan Program
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Articles 1, IX, IX-B, X, XI, XXXI & New Article
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July 7, 2017

UTLA Proposals
Article XXIV - School Climate and Discipline
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June 20, 2017

UTLA Proposals
Article XXIII - Early Education Centers
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Article XXI - Adult & Career Education
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Article XIX - Substitute Employees
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June 1, 2017

UTLA Proposals
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Article X - Educator Development Support & Evaluation
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Article IX - Hours, Duties & Work Year
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May 25, 2017

UTLA Proposals
Article XVIII, Section 1.5, Class Size
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LAUSD Proposals to UTLA

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Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-based Management
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May 4, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
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April 20, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
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Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-based Management
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Article XXV - Academic Freedom & Responsibility
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March 28, 2017

LAUSD Proposals to UTLA

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March 9, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
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LAUSD Proposals to UTLA
Aricle XXIV - Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss
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February 16, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
Article X - Educator Development Support & Evaluation
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Article XXIV - Student Climate, Student Discipline & Positive Behavior Support
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January 26, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
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LAUSD Proposals to UTLA

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January 12, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
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Health Benefits Side-Letter Approved

At its September 14 meeting, the UTLA House of Representatives approved the side-letter agreement with LAUSD on health benefits. This agreement gives employees and non-Medicare retirees
more choices when enrolling in health care plans.

The change would impact “dual working” units (both spouse and partner are employees or retirees). Currently, the District allows “dual working” employees/retirees to cross enroll (they can sign up for benefits both as a spouse/domestic partner and as an employee) but they are not allowed to cross enroll in the same plan, when one is listed as the dependent and the other as the employee/retiree.

This side-letter would allow dual working employees and non-Medicare retirees to enroll in the same plan, which would lower the cost to LAUSD. The estimated net savings per active employee that elects dual coverage in the same plan is $3,844 per year and $6,022 per non-Medicare retiree per year.

Passed by UTLA by HoR on Sept. 14, 2016

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