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Two days after LAUSD backed down on the work year calendar, the 85-member UTLA Bargaining Team was back at the table with the district. With the calendar win under our belt, we now push forward to win a full contract agreement.

Our salary demand remains a 20% raise over two years. LAUSD has not moved off its offer of 8% over two years, despite the fact that LAUSD ended the last school year with a $3.4 billion reserve.

Topics covered in Thursday’s session:

  • PD: We discussed the district’s proposal to delete language from the contract on common planning time and to implement banked time every Tuesday. Bargaining Team members brought up concerns with PD that extends into faculty meetings and the need for out-of-classroom and itinerant staff to have access to PD that is relevant to their work.
  • Educator Support and Development: The discussion focused on language to prevent UTLA members from being evaluated by other UTLA members and the creation of a work group to improve the evaluation system for itinerant employees.
  • Salary Points: We reached a tentative agreement that guarantees that members can get salary point credit for sessions outside of the workday, even if LAUSD pays for the course or conference. Like all tentative agreements, it is not final until we reach a full agreement on the contract and it is ratified by a vote of UTLA members.
  • Community Schools, Black Student Achievement Plan, and Safe, Green, and Healthy Public Schools: We pushed LAUSD on their refusal to engage on these key proposals in our Beyond Recovery Platform. LAUSD could not say what they disagreed with. They only stated that they think these issues are beyond the scope of bargaining. They are wrong on many levels, including that nothing stops them from negotiating these issues and, in fact, having them in the contract is the only way to ensure the proposals are implemented.

Our Beyond Recovery Platform proposals are about the whole student, the whole school, and the whole community because that is what shapes our work as educators. LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the country, a public entity with $3.4 billion in reserves. They are absolutely responsible for helping to address the conditions our students live and learn in. 

We used our collective power in the last contract campaign to get LAUSD to negotiate on similar issues, including Community Schools, green space, immigrant student support, and more. We will build the power to force them to do it again.