LAUSD made their first proposals on salary and class size in negotiations on September 8, followed by a news release that blatantly lies about what they are offering.
LAUSD is only offering an 8% salary increase over two years. They claim they are offering a 23% compensation package by disingenuously including the 5% raise UTLA members already received last year, along with a 3% one-time bonus each of the next two years, some stipend increases, and a few targeted increases that don’t apply to most educators. One-time bonuses and stipends are NOT pay raises. Again, LAUSD is only offering an 8% salary increase over two years.Carvalho knows the educator shortage crisis is real and is desperate to make it look like he has miraculously solved the problem for LAUSD. An 8% raise over two years will not move the needle on recruitment and retention. With 28% of LAUSD educators working second jobs and 66% not being able to live in the neighborhood in which they teach, we need the 20% raise we proposed.LAUSD’s proposals do nothing to move us out of the educator shortage crisis and they provide no improvement for students in all but a few classrooms.
While LAUSD plays games with bad math “under the leadership of Alberto Carvalho” (as their news release stated), they sit on more than $3 billion in reserves. LAUSD knows they have a fight ahead of them, and lying about vacancies and exaggerating their bargaining proposals won’t change that. We will continue to organize at every school and build the power to force that money to be invested in students, educators, and families.