Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Flash Flyer

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. 

 

2017 Full Contract Bargaining Timeline Snapshot

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  • September 26, 2017 - YTB*

  • September 15, 2017 - YTB*

  • August 21, 2017 - YTB*

  • 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

July 20, 2017

  • Special Education 
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  • Master Plan Program
Article XI-B - Master Plan Program
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  • Health & Human Service Professionals
    Areas in this include: Recognition, Hours, Duties & Work Year, Professional Development, Educator Development, Support & Evaluation, Transfers & Establishment of Workload/Assignment Committee for Itinerant Employees
Articles 1, IX, IX-B, X, XI, XXXI & New Article
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July 7, 2017

  • School Climate & Discipline
Article XXIV - School Climate and Discipline
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June 20, 2017

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

UTLA Proposals
  • Assignments
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  • Educators Development, Support & Evaluation (EDS)
Article X - Educator Development Support & Evaluation
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  • Hours, Duties & Work Year
Article IX - Hours, Duties & Work Year
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May 25, 2017

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

Counterproposals

  • Shared Decision Making
Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-based Management
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  • UTLA Rights​​​​
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May 4, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
  • UTLA Rights
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LAUSD Proposals to UTLA

Counterproposals

  • Leaves & Absences
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  • UTLA Rights
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April 20, 2017

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

LAUSD Proposals to UTLA

Counterproposals

  • Transfers
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  • Class Size
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March 9, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
  • Transfers
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  • Salary
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  • Class Size
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LAUSD Proposals to UTLA
  • Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss
Aricle XXIV - Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss
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February 16, 2017

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

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
  • Transfers
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LAUSD Proposals to UTLA

Counterproposals

  • UTLA Rights
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  • Educator Development, Support & Evaluation
Article X - Educator Development Support & Evaluation
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  • Charter Schools
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  • Salaries
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  • Class Size
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January 12, 2017

UTLA Proposals to LAUSD
  • Salary
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  • Class Size
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  • Academic Freedom
Article XXV - Academic Freedom & Responsibility
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2016-17 Bargaining Flash Flyers

  • 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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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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