UTLA’s 85-member Expanded Bargaining Team met with LAUSD yesterday for the first in-person bargaining session since before the pandemic.
Yesterday the team reached a tentative agreement on 3 articles:
• Article XXX: Special Committees – providing a venue and voice for CSPP educators and those working in co-located schools.
• Article XII: Leaves and Absences – increasing access to the Catastrophic Illness Donation Fund from once in a career to twice, in the very unfortunate instance where that is necessary for an educator.
• Article X: Educator Development, Support, and Evaluation – ensuring that no UTLA member will be responsible for evaluating another UTLA member and establishing a work group to develop recommendations on a better evaluation system for itinerant UTLA members.
While some agreements were reached, it is clear that LAUSD does not share our vision to improve educators’ working conditions and students’ learning conditions.
We cannot return to the status quo where educators never have time to do everything that is required of their position. However, the solutions that LAUSD have brought to the table center on educators spending longer hours on campus and not much more. Our proposals are based on providing more time to plan and prepare, more professional flexibility, and more support.