Members Approve Tentative Contract Agreement

With a strong majority of members voting, United Teachers Los Angeles members approved the contract agreement reached in “reopener” bargaining with the Los Angeles Unified School District, with 97% voting yes and 3% voting no. Voting took place online as well as at school sites from June 1 to 3, with a total of 17,466 ballots cast. The ballots were counted at the UTLA building on June 4.  

“We are proud of this agreement and what it says about educators’ priorities, which are to create the learning conditions our students deserve and to fight for equity for our highest-need schools,” said UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl.

Key improvements to class size include:

  • One additional full-time teacher at every secondary school for a new elective class or to reduce the class size of existing electives, such as visual and performing arts and ethnic studies.
  • One additional full-time teacher for high-needs elementary schools, as ranked by the LAUSD student equity index to be used for class-size reduction in grades 4, 5 (or 6 if applicable).
  • A cap of 55 students in PE classes for secondary schools
  • District response time shortened from 30 to 15 days when caseloads are too large in Special Education.
  • At secondary schools that already have a Pupil Services and Attendance counselor or a Psychiatric Social Worker counselor in their local budget, the District will pay for an additional 17 days of work time.

Key improvements to educator development and support include a quicker turnaround from observation to feedback for educators in the classroom. It also includes continuing the work of the joint LAUSD and UTLA's Educator Development and Support Committee, working collaboratively on professional development and career-long growth. 

The agreement will be voted on by the LAUSD School Board on June 14. UTLA and LAUSD will be back in bargaining in 2016-2017 for another round of limited-scope “reopeners” and in 2017-2018 for the full contract renewal and health benefits negotiations.

UTLA, the nation’s second-largest teachers’ union local, represents more than 35,000 teachers and health & human services professionals who work in the Los Angeles Unified School District and in charter schools.

For media inquiries, contact UTLA Director of Communications, Anna Bakalis at abakalis@utla.net