Bargaining Updates

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In December we reached a separate agreement with LAUSD that requires school nurses to physically provide services in the testing program and at their assigned school sites, effective January 11, with a special stipend for this work.

From the beginning of the pandemic, we have prioritized the health and safety of our students, families, and communities during school campus closures. A key part of that has been a consistent demand for a robust testing and tracing program. LAUSD has done the right thing and responded with a testing program accessible to our students and communities, and school nurses are needed for the program to work.

The agreement has language to ensure that the working conditions continue to be safe (no school nurses have tested positive as a result of voluntary participation thus far) and that related workload issues will be addressed in a fair and equitable manner.

Key elements of School Nurse Sideletter:

  • Regular rate of pay plus $5.00 per hour for in-person work while LAUSD is under the LA County “Safer at Home” order.
  • Regular rate of pay plus $3.50 per hour for in-person work when LAUSD is no longer under the LA County “Safer at Home” order.
  • Requirement that school nurses work three days per week at a testing site and two days per week at a school site when LAUSD is no longer under the LA County “Safer at Home” order.
  • 6.5-hour workday at testing sites, with X-Time compensation plus $3.50 per hour for any additional time.
  • If a school nurse becomes ill with COVID-19 or has to take care of a household member who becomes ill with COVID-19 as a result of their school nurse work at a testing site, they won’t have to use their contractual or statutory leave time during the recovery period.
  • Accommodations for school nurses in a high-risk health category.
  • Accommodations for school nurses with school-age children when the district childcare program is not operating.
  • Initial testing and weekly testing for all school nurses.
  • Adherence to all county, state, and federal workplace safety requirements at the testing sites and schools, along with the same procedures and protocols as in the previous voluntary service agreement.

 

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED ON SPECIAL SERVICES

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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED ON SAFE RETURN

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We are proud to announce that LAUSD has agreed to all three safety criteria voted by an overwhelming majority of UTLA members (91% yes) as the necessary conditions for a safe return to in-person teaching and learning. These elements are:

  • Full vaccination for school staff. All educators and staff have been prioritized for vaccinations.
  • Returning only when LA County is out of the purple tier. Los Angeles County is moving into the red tier, but will remain vigilant as we monitor community transmission rates.
  • Enforceable safety conditions and protocols at every school, including PPE, physical distancing, improved ventilation, and daily cleaning.

“With all of our key safety protocols met, this agreement reflects a uniform health and safety plan that we can be proud of as educators and that puts us on the path for a safe return, across LAUSD and in all of our schools,” UTLA President Cecily-Myart Cruz says.

The sideletter agreement is the result of weeks of complicated work in bargaining and, most critically, UTLA members’ united stand against a premature return that would have endangered staff, students, and their families. The agreement lays out the conditions that must be met before a physical return, but it does not set an arbitrary date for a return.

“The health and safety agreement locks in concrete, enforceable safety protocols that allow school communities to hold the district accountable for these conditions, as opposed to conditions we may not have control over without an agreement,” UTLA Bargaining Team Chair Arene Inouye says.

The agreement covers hybrid schedules for early education, elementary, and secondary. Winning our three safety demands was imperative to planning a healthy and safe return to school, and we continue to bargain on hybrid models and schedules for adult education, special education, itinerants, and health and human services.

The tentative agreement, which covers the 2020-21 school year only, will be voted on by UTLA members. Dates and details of the ratification vote will be announced later this week.

UTLA-LAUSD Sideletter for Physical Reopening of LAUSD Schools+Attachments A-C (3-12-21)
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Bargaining Sideletter Agreements Since School Closures

 

Tentative Sideletter Agreement on Special Services (4-5-21)
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UTLA-LAUSD Sideletter for DACE In-Person Service (3-8-21)
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UTLA-LAUSD Sideletter for EEC In Person Instruction-03.01.2021 W Tree Study Week 1-6
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  • Monday, January 11, 2021: Pupil Free Day
UTLA-LAUSD Sideletter for January 11 Pupil Free Day
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Agreement on school nurse services

Key elements of School Nurse Sideletter:

  • Regular rate of pay plus $5.00 per hour for in-person work while LAUSD is under the LA County “Safer at Home” order.
  • Regular rate of pay plus $3.50 per hour for in-person work when LAUSD is no longer under the LA County “Safer at Home” order.
  • Requirement that school nurses work three days per week at a testing site and two days per week at a school site when LAUSD is no longer under the LA County “Safer at Home” order.
  • 6.5-hour workday at testing sites, with X-Time compensation plus $3.50 per hour for any additional time.
  • If a school nurse becomes ill with COVID-19 or has to take care of a household member who becomes ill with COVID-19 as a result of their school nurse work at a testing site, they won’t have to use their contractual or statutory leave time during the recovery period.
  • Accommodations for school nurses in a high-risk health category.
  • Accommodations for school nurses with school-age children when the district childcare program is not operating.
  • Initial testing and weekly testing for all school nurses.
  • Adherence to all county, state, and federal workplace safety requirements at the testing sites and schools, along with the same procedures and protocols as in the previous voluntary service agreement.
  • School Nurse In Person Service Sideletter (effective January until reopening of schools)
UTLA-LAUSD Sideletter for School Nurse In Person Services
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Second Semester Sideletter Agreement

With a priority on consistency and stability amid a surging pandemic, UTLA and LAUSD reached an agreement in December to extend the terms of the current Distance Learning sideletter with some adjustments that fall within the current 360-minute workday.

Key elements:

  • Maintenance of 360 minute day for classroom teachers
  • Maintenance of total instructional minutes for classroom teachers
  • Maintenance of work flexibility for members outside of the school instructional day
  • Maintenance of guaranteed work for substitute members
  • Maintenance of current synchronous instruction requirements on Tuesday-Friday
  • Additional synchronous minutes on Mondays for grades 1-12
  • 15 additional minutes at the end of Monday for PD, grade level, or department meetings
  • 30 minutes of additional office hours on Tuesday-Friday for connecting with students and families, with teachers having the flexibility to schedule these minutes at their discretion

 

UTLA and LAUSD also reached agreement to bargain in January over plans for hybrid instruction if a physical return becomes possible at some point during the second semester and to bargain over plans for how to provide in-person services for targeted student populations.

 

Additional bargaining commitments:

  • The parties will bargain in January over plans for how to provide in person services for targeted student populations when it is safe to do so.
  • The parties will bargain in January over plans for hybrid instruction that would be implemented IF a physical return becomes possible at some point during the second semester.
  • The parties are obligated to reach agreement on “plans” by January 24, 2021.
  • This does not mean such plans would be implemented upon agreement, as the timing will be determined by health and safety factors.

 

While we would have preferred an extension that doesn’t include any of the above conditions, it’s better for us to bargain over these plans for hybrid instruction and in-person services than to let the district act unilaterally. Once the current agreement expired on December 31, the district would have been able to do that.

 

When we bargain over plans (which doesn’t mean immediate implementation) for hybrid instructional schedules and targeted in-person services, we will bargain hard as we always do, with safety driving all decisions and agreements, but we need every chapter to work with their cluster leaders and build or rebuild their CAT (Chapter Action Teams), and be ready to talk with parents, target politicians, and act collectively to continue protecting our members, students, and communities.

There will be struggle over these issues across the state and country, and UTLA will continue to lead as part of that struggle. Since the beginning of the school closures, we’ve had three primary goals in bargaining: protect our members from being forced to physically return to campuses unless it’s safe; protect distance learning schedules that are reasonable and flexible; and ensure the best possible learning opportunities for students in an almost impossible situation. We have succeeded on each goal for ten months and will continue fighting to do so in the second semester.

  • 2020-2021 Second Semester Distance Learning Sideletter (effective January-June 2021)
UTLA-LAUSD 2nd Semester Distance Learning Sideletter
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Voluntary In-Person Service Agreements:

In-Person Small-Group Tutoring Services
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EEC Sideletter on Limited In-Person Instruction during COVID-19 11.25.2020
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In-Person DIS (Designated Instructional Services)
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• 2020-2021 First Semester Distance Learning Sideletter (effective August-December 2020)
Adult Education (DACE) Agreement
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  • Original Distance Learning Sideletter (effective April-June 2020)

 

UTLA-LAUSD sideletter for COVID-19 impact effects
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UPDATES

 

Monday, April 5, 2021

 

Affected members will vote April 7-9

In addition to the ratified sideletter on the necessary safety and health conditions to reopen schools for hybrid instruction, UTLA has reached a tentative sideletter agreement with LAUSD on how to safely provide a range of special services to students in the hybrid schedules. The agreement covers provisions for services provided by these critical staff members:

 

  • Resource Specialist Teachers and Special Education Itinerant Services
  • Special Education Teachers at comprehensive secondary campuses, Career and Transition Centers, and Special Education centers
  • Preschool For All Learners/Preschool Comprehensive
  • Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education Infant Preschool, Preschool Itinerants, and Carlson Home Hospital Educators
  • School Nurses
  • Psychiatric Social Workers and Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors
  • Secondary Counselors
  • Teacher Librarians
  • Arts and Physical Education Itinerant Teachers

 

The tentative agreement includes safety and working conditions that will allow each specialized group to do their work, including conducting assessments and safely providing services at multiple school sites. The sideletter also provides additional specialized PPE equipment, a clearly defined workspace that must be assigned no less than 48 hours prior to being expected to physically return to work, and guidance on carrying out primary and necessary job duties.

The UTLA Bargaining Team worked through Spring Break to settle outstanding issues with the district. Members from the impacted employee groups joined our team at the bargaining table at various junctures over the past several weeks to provide powerful testimony about the specific needs of students they serve and to discuss how best to deliver their unique services in a hybrid reopening environment.

If ratified, the tentative agreement would expire at the end of the current school year. Unless specifically spelled out in the new agreement, all provisions of the Sideletter for the Physical Reopening of Schools for Hybrid Instruction would apply to the working conditions of the members in the sideletter.

VOTING APRIL 7-9: Affected UTLA members will vote on the tentative sideletter agreement this week, from April 7 to 9. Employees in the impacted groups should look for instructions via email early this week. Voting will be conducted by Integrity Voting, which ran the vote on the hybrid schedule sideletter. See details below on special virtual meetings this week to discuss and learn more about the agreement.

As schools move closer to a physical reopening, UTLA is holding a citywide training for chapter leaders this week on the COVID-19 Compliance Task Forces that must be in place in every school. The training will cover how to confirm the safety protocols at school before staff return to campus, how to formally report violations, and how to take action collectively if deficiencies create safety risks. Chapter leaders, if you have not received the email to sign up for the training, please reach out to your Area representative.

Tentative Agreement on Special Services

 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

 

Text of the Tentative Agreement reached on a safe return

Yesterday we announced that LAUSD has agreed to all three safety criteria voted by an overwhelming majority of UTLA members (91% yes) as the necessary conditions for a safe return to in-person teaching and learning: out of Purple Tier, staff vaccinated, and necessary safety measures and protocols in place at all school sites. Links to the full text of the agreement are below. The agreement is only for the 2020-21 school year.

The sideletter on the physical reopening of schools locks in concrete, enforceable safety protocols that allow school communities to hold the district accountable for these conditions, as opposed to conditions we may not have control over without an agreement.

The agreement lays out the conditions that must be met before a physical return, but it does not set an arbitrary date for a return. The tentative agreement includes hybrid instructional models for early education, elementary, and secondary for when the safety conditions are reached and sites can physically reopen. Bargaining on hybrid models and schedules continues for adult education, special education, itinerants, and health and human services.

The tentative agreement will be voted on by UTLA members. Dates and details of the ratification vote will be announced later this week, and Chapter Chairs will be meeting on Thursday to review the agreement.

 

Monday, March 8, 2021

 

In the wake of the overwhelming solidarity behind the UTLA member vote for a safe return, we bargained with LAUSD over the weekend and made significant progress on the two main issues on the table: UTLA’s proposal for the necessary health and safety conditions to physically return to schools and hybrid instructional models for physically reopening schools when these conditions are reached.

Necessary health and safety conditions: UTLA and LAUSD are close to a tentative agreement on the protocols for vaccination of school staff, COVID testing, health screening, physical distancing, PPE, daily cleaning and disinfecting, ventilation, and other issues. The parameters are in alignment with the three key safety demands endorsed by UTLA members in last week’s safe return vote:

  1. LA County must be out of the purple tier.
  2. Staff required to return to in-person work must be either fully vaccinated or provided access to full vaccination.
  3. Safety conditions must be in place in our schools, such as PPE, social distancing, improved ventilation, and a cleaning regimen.

Hybrid schedules for a physical return: By their nature, hybrid schedules are complicated and imperfect, but our Bargaining Team is working toward the best possible models for educators and students at every grade level, including elementary, secondary, early ed, and adult ed. We continue to advocate for:

  • Paid prep time to prepare for a physical return to in-person instruction
  • No simultaneous teaching (e.g., no Zoom and in-person instruction at the same time)
  • Minimal class assignment changes

As part of this process, the district will be surveying student families again on their preference for online learning or a physical return under a hybrid model.

When a physical reopening of LAUSD schools happens will be determined by when the necessary health and safety conditions outlined in the agreement are reached — not by an arbitrary date on the calendar. In his morning address today, Beutner said that the target date is mid-April for early education, elementary school students, and students with learning difficulties and disabilities, and the end of April for secondary schools — but once again, hybrid instruction will begin only after the necessary safety conditions in the eventual agreement between UTLA and LAUSD are met.

We encourage everyone to read the current UTLA proposals. UTLA members will be voting on any tentative agreement reached, and we’ll keep you posted as things develop this week.

 

Friday, March 5, 2021

 

Latest in bargaining: hybrid schedules

Latest in bargaining: hybrid schedules

Bargaining continues with LAUSD and will include sessions over the weekend. At this point, bargaining is focused primarily on:

  • UTLA’s proposal for the necessary health and safety conditions to physically return to schools for hybrid instruction, including protocols for vaccination of school staff, COVID testing, health screening, physical distancing, PPE, daily cleaning and disinfecting, ventilation, and other issues, in alignment with our key safety demands.
  • Hybrid instructional models for physically reopening schools when these conditions are reached.

UTLA and LAUSD have discussed hybrid schedules over the course of the pandemic. By their nature, hybrid schedules are complicated and imperfect, but our Bargaining Team is working toward the best possible models for educators and students. We are pushing for a hybrid schedule that doesn’t include simultaneous teaching (e.g., no Zoom and in-person at the same time) and minimizes any class assignment changes. As part of this process, the district will be surveying student families again, but any hybrid return agreement will ultimately have to be ratified by UTLA members.

 

Friday, February 26, 2021

 

Yesterday we presented a detailed proposal to LAUSD for the necessary health and safety conditions to physically return to schools for hybrid instruction.

The proposal includes protocols and parameters for vaccination of school staff, COVID testing, health screening, physical distancing, PPE, daily cleaning and disinfecting, ventilation, and other issues, in alignment with our three key safety demands:

  1. LA County must be out of the purple tier.
  2. Staff required to return to in-person work must be either fully vaccinated or provided access to full vaccination.
  3. Safety conditions must be in place in our schools, such as PPE, social distancing, ventilation, and a cleaning regimen.

As covered in an email earlier this week, the district is lifting the Safer at Home provisions. As of March 4, voluntary services that were happening before the winter surge can restart. Our previous Sideletters on Voluntary Services will be in effect once again.

We encourage those who wish to deliver these voluntary services — which especially impact Special Education and English Language Learners — to read the sideletters so you understand your rights and what to expect around conditions for service, process and procedures, and materials that should be available.

UTLA members also may return to school sites to teach from classrooms or work from offices, under the terms that were in place prior to the winter shutdown. This also is completely voluntary.

Note: This is NOT a hybrid or full return to school sites, and no UTLA member is required to return. LAUSD officials have told the media that schools might be able to reopen on April 9 if safety conditions are met, including vaccines for staff. There are no current plans to arbitrarily reopen schools on April 9. The April 9 date has not been presented in bargaining between UTLA and LAUSD, and we will reject any fixed date that ignores the elements of a safe return.

 

Friday, February 19, 2021

Bargaining has shifted to focus on hybrid return plans for how to physically reopen schools when conditions are safer. On Thursday, we met with the district but they did not provide enough details nor address the key areas on necessary conditions for a safe return.

Bargaining an agreement on how to physically reopen in a hybrid model does not mean such a reopening is imminent or near. We are bargaining in good faith over “how to physically reopen in a hybrid model, and we have told the district that the agreement must include language over “when” to physically reopen in a hybrid model.

That “when” to reopen must follow the three main elements of a safe return:

  1. LA County is out of the purple tier
  2. All staff are either fully vaccinated or provided access to full vaccination
  3. Safety conditions are in place in our schools, such as PPE, social distancing, ventilation and a cleaning regimen

 

Friday, February 12, 2021

 

Since the start of the new year, we have reached two agreements with LAUSD: One that secures LAUSD employee healthcare for 2021 and one on School Nursing Services during the pandemic, including COVID-19 vaccinations and testing.

The bargaining process continues to be shaped by the changing conditions around us, including community infection rates and the availability of vaccines. In light of these dynamics, UTLA and LAUSD have agreed to shift focus in bargaining from targeted in-person services to hybrid instructional models.

Bargaining on hybrid schedules does not mean that a return to in-person learning is close. LA County remains firmly in the purple tier, which indicates an extremely high risk level of getting COVID-19 based on cases per capita and test positivity rates.

Embedded in our bargaining framework are the necessary components of a safe return, which include:

  • vaccines for all educators and school staff
  • safety protocols and multi-tiered mitigation strategies (such as COVID testing, physical distancing, PPE, proper ventilation, isolation/quarantine procedures, and a cleaning regimen)
  • LA County out of the purple tier (as currently defined)

We continue to bargain over the extension of the school calendar. LAUSD’s proposal would add 10 days to provide students with expanded learning opportunities and social-emotional support in recognition of the trauma experienced by students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical school closures. The Board of Education will be voting on the calendar option next month. Any agreement we reach with LAUSD would be put to a vote of the UTLA membership.

 

Friday, February 5, 2021

 

Bargaining continues on extended school year for 2021-22

We continue to bargain over an extension of the calendar for next school year (2021-22). LAUSD’s proposal would add 10 days to provide students with expanded learning opportunities and social-emotional support in recognition of the trauma experienced by students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and physical school closures.

The proposal is being worked through, with an eye toward parameters to ensure that the time would be used effectively to support our students.

The school year extension would be for one year only. UTLA members would be compensated at your regular pay rate, which would amount to roughly a 5% raise for that year, and it would be reportable compensation for CalSTRS, which is impactful for prospective retirees.

If we reach a tentative agreement to extend the school calendar, it will be voted on by UTLA members.

It goes without saying that expanded learning time in and of itself is not nearly enough to compensate for the social-emotional impacts of COVID and Crisis Distance Learning. When we return to our school buildings, the trauma of the pandemic must be met with empathy and care and a transformational amount of funding to lower class size, expand support for special education, and staff our schools with counselors, psychiatric social workers, nurses, pupil services and attendance counselors, teacher librarians, and more.

We can’t simply slip back to the way things were. Our underfunded, under-resourced system was not enough for our students prior to the pandemic, and their needs are much more profound now.

As we continue to bargain on targeted in-person services and the safe reopening of school sites, we strategize for our schools to emerge from our COVID reality stronger than before. That means not just defeating the austerity budgets of cuts and layoffs that we know are coming — it means embracing a vision for building back better.

In the coming months we will be deepening the dialogue about what we as educators are willing to fight for and how we chart a course to win. Together we will keep organizing for the healing, healthy, and racially just reopening that our students and communities deserve.

 

Friday, January 29, 2021

 

Bargaining update

In accordance with our second semester sideletter agreement, we are in bargaining with the district on a plan to provide targeted services for high-need student groups.

This week, LAUSD presented a new proposal to extend the 2021-2022 school year by 10 days, at full pay. Our Bargaining Team and Board of Directors will be discussing the proposal, and any such extension would be voted on by UTLA members.

Bargaining and reaching agreement on plans for in-person service does not mean that providing such service is imminent, but we need to bargain such plans to prevent the district from unilaterally determining the working conditions for in-person service if and when it becomes safe.

As we talked about last week, the district has proposed a plan that would require in-person service for a very broad number of services, including regular Special Education instruction, regular Early Education instruction, designated instructional services for students with IEPs and 504s, Special Education assessments, EL assessments, one-on-one and small group tutoring, and school-based distance learning for prioritized student groups (EL students, foster youth, and homeless youth), with substitute teachers providing in-person supervision.

We rejected their proposal, arguing that the breadth of services is too broad and that their plan doesn’t include enough details about how it would be implemented in a safe, fair, and equitable manner for members and students. Our counterproposal to the district that would require some Special Education teachers to conduct in-person IEP assessments, require some EL designees to provide the ELPAC in person for English Learners, and require some related service providers to provide in-person services that can be conducted safely and not virtually. However, we also proposed that these in-person services not be provided until the practitioners have been fully vaccinated.

Additionally, the district has proposed that our school nurses, who are already working in person at COVID testing sites, provide vaccinations for employees if and when the district acquires vaccine doses for employees. We are bargaining over this proposal, with a focus on safety issues and workload issues.

We recognize the need for some in-person services to happen at school sites and are bargaining in good faith to make those services available to our neediest students, while also ensuring that to protect health and safety, only those services that are absolutely necessary take place at physical school sites.

 

 

Friday, January 22, 2021

 

Bargaining update: Focus on targeted student services

In accordance with our second semester sideletter agreement, we are in bargaining with the district on a plan to provide targeted services for high-need student groups.

Bargaining and reaching agreement on plans for in-person service does not mean that providing such service is imminent, but we need to bargain such plans to prevent the district from unilaterally determining the working conditions for in-person service if and when it becomes safe.

The district has proposed a plan that would require in-person service for:

  • Regular Special Education instruction
  • Regular Early Education instruction
  • Designated instructional services for students with IEPs and 504s
  • Special Education assessments
  • EL assessments
  • One-on-one and small group tutoring
  • School-based distance learning for prioritized student groups (EL students, foster youth, and homeless youth), with substitute teachers providing in-person supervision

The district proposal includes an additional $3.50 per hour for in-person service, exemption from in-person service for unit members with a medically verified health risk, adherence to all LA County Health Department guidelines, and district-provided PPE.

We’ve rejected their proposal, arguing that the breadth of services is too broad and that their plan doesn’t include enough details about how it would be implemented in a safe, fair, and equitable manner for members and students.

That said, we recognize the need for some in-person services to happen at school sites and are bargaining in good faith to make those services available to our neediest students, while also ensuring that to protect health and safety, only those services that are absolutely necessary take place at physical school sites.

Yesterday, we presented a counterproposal to the district that would require some Special Education teachers to conduct in-person IEP assessments, require some EL designees to provide the ELPAC in person for English Learners, and require some related service providers to provide in-person services that can be conducted safely and not virtually. However, we also proposed that these in-person services not be provided until the practitioners have been fully vaccinated.

While we are bargaining over plans for targeted in-person work, it is essential that we build our capacity for collective action at every structural level of the union, including having a Chapter Action Team (CAT) at every school and well-functioning clusters in every area. We have to be ready to fight against any attempts by the district to require additional in-person services before it’s safe, and we have to be ready to fight in the near future for more funding from the state and federal governments, more staffing and special education support in future bargaining, and a healthcare agreement beyond 2021. In other words, we need to build our capacity to play defense and offense with collective action in a fluid and unpredictable environment.

 

 
Thursday, January 17, 2021

 

Bargaining continues this month

UTLA and LAUSD are back in bargaining over plans for hybrid instruction if a physical return becomes possible at some point during the second semester. We are also bargaining over plans for how to provide in-person services for targeted student populations when it is safe to do so. We have had two sessions so far.

Per the agreement reached in December to extend the terms of the Distance Learning sideletter, the parties are obligated to reach agreement on these “plans” by January 24, 2021. This does not mean such plans would be implemented upon agreement. The timing will be determined by health and safety factors, and with the ongoing deadly virus surge in LA County, it likely would not be safe anytime soon.

Healthcare agreement reached: We are gratified to announce that we, along with our partners in the other LAUSD employee unions, have reached an agreement with LAUSD to extend the current healthcare contract for another year. With healthcare more critical than ever during this pandemic, employees are assured of continued coverage, with no changes to plans.

 
Thursday, December 17, 2020

 

Sideletter agreements reached on distance learning

With a priority on consistency and stability amid a surging pandemic, UTLA and LAUSD have agreed to extend the terms of the current Distance Learning sideletter agreement with some adjustments that fall within the current 360-minute workday.

“We are gratified to reach an agreement to extend the side letter, which is what our students need right now,” UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said. “In the face of the upheaval we are all dealing with, educators, students, and families need stability most of all, and our Bargaining Team worked 24-7 to meet that need.”

The sideletter extension includes:   

  • Maintenance of 360-minute day for classroom teachers
  • Maintenance of total instructional minutes in current sideletter
  • Maintenance of work flexibility for members outside of the school instructional day
  • Maintenance of guaranteed work for substitute members
  • Maintenance of current synchronous instruction requirements Tuesday-Friday
  • Additional synchronous instructional minutes on Mondays for grades 1-12
  • 15 additional minutes at the end of Monday for PD, grade level, or department meetings
  • 30 minutes of additional office hours on Tuesday-Friday for connecting with students and families, with teachers having the flexibility to schedule these minutes at their discretion

 

Both sides agree to bargain hybrid plan and in-person services for high-need students

UTLA and LAUSD reached agreement to bargain in January over plans for hybrid instruction if a physical return becomes possible at some point during the second semester and to bargain over plans for how to provide in-person services for targeted student populations. The sideletter obligates UTLA and LAUSD to reach an agreement on these plans by the end of January.

While we would have preferred an extension that doesn’t include any of the above conditions, it’s better for us to bargain over these plans for hybrid instruction and in-person services than to let the district act unilaterally. Once the current agreement expires on December 31, the district would have been been able to do that.

Agreement reached on school nurses services

We have reached a separate agreement that requires school nurses to physically provide services in the testing program, effective January 11, with a special stipend for this work.

From the beginning of the pandemic, we have prioritized the health and safety of our students, families, and communities during school campus closures. A key part of that has been a consistent demand for a robust testing and tracing program. LAUSD has done the right thing and responded with a testing program accessible to our students and communities, and school nurses are needed for the program to work.

The agreement has language to ensure that the working conditions continue to be safe (no school nurses have tested positive as a result of voluntary participation thus far) and that related workload issues will be addressed in a fair and equitable manner.

“Like frontline healthcare workers all over the country, school nurses are stepping up in this time of great need,” School Nurse Stephanie Yellin-Mednick said. “A robust school-based testing program is essential for the health and safety procedures required to contain the virus, and school nurses have a unique skill set in this medical crisis.”

Gearing up for January bargaining

Come January, when we bargain hybrid schedules and in-person services, we will bargain hard as we always do, but we need every chapter to work with their cluster leaders and build or rebuild their CAT (Chapter Action Teams), and be ready to talk with parents, target politicians, and act collectively to continue protecting our members, students, and communities.

We’re having an all-city chapter leader meeting on January 8, 2021, and this will be one of the primary focus points.

There will be struggle over these issues across the state and country, and UTLA will continue to lead as part of that struggle. Since the beginning of the school closures, we’ve had three primary goals in bargaining: protect our members from being forced to physically return to campuses unless it’s safe, protect distance learning schedules that are reasonable and flexible, and ensure the best possible learning opportunities for students in an almost impossible situation. We have succeeded on each goal for ten months and will continue fighting to do so in the second semester.

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

 

Bargaining: Focus on extending existing Distance Learning sideletter

The COVID surge we were expecting has turned into a COVID tsunami. In light of this fast-changing situation, our current focus in bargaining with LAUSD is an extension of the 2020-2021 Distance Learning Sideletter for the second semester. The current agreement expires on December 31, and our goal is to ensure stability.

An extension may include some minor modifications to the daily teacher schedules, with increased office hours for connecting with students and families and additional synchronous instructional minutes on Mondays, but we’re pushing to ensure that such modifications fall within the current 360- minute workday for teachers and that the rest of the agreement remain intact. In the face of the upheaval we are all dealing with, educators, students, and families need stability.

Hybrid schedules: We are also still bargaining the details of hybrid schedules so as to be prepared if a physical return becomes possible at some point during the second semester, which is far from certain. We’ll continue pushing for no roving teachers, no roving students, no in-person and remote teaching at the same time, isolated cohorts of students who don't interact with other cohorts, no am/pm cohort rotation for elementary schools, and minimal master schedule changes to the greatest degree possible. Other physical return issues (for example, special education services, HHS, early education, adult education, and itinerants) will be bargained after we reach agreement on the schedules.

Voluntary service shut-down: This week, LAUSD made the decision to shut down all school-based services and child-care services as of December 10 until at least January 11. This was a tough blow to the many in-person services that were happening at school sites, but it is prudent step in light of the accelerating COVID-19 numbers, and we agree with this decision. The shutdown includes programs in all of the voluntary in-person sideletter agreements between UTLA and LAUSD, with the exception of the COVID-19 testing program that affects nurses. The Grab ‘n Go food program will also continue. We recognize all the hustle that happened this week to distribute books and resources to students before the shutdown. Once again, our education community shows resilience and flexibility.

 
 
Thursday, December 3, 2020
 

Surging COVID infections impact bargaining
California reached another troubling COVID-19 milestone this week, with new records in the number of infections and hospitalizations. On Tuesday LA County reported more than 7,500 new cases — a dramatic one-day rise. Federal, state, and local officials must take more aggressive action to slow the spread of the virus before hospitals are overwhelmed and our communities suffer even more severely. We are working with labor and community allies to amplify the demand for more immediate action against the virus. 
  
We continue to bargain with LAUSD, but a physical return is not imminent, and no one at the table — UTLA or LAUSD — is pushing for a specific date to return. This deadly virus surge is not where we wanted to be right now. We wanted to be closer to a physical return that reunites us with our students, but instead we are moving farther away. It's clear that, at minimum, there will not be a physical return in January, and there is no clarity on whether a physical return will be possible this school year. In other words, it’s not a question of when, but if, LAUSD schools will physically reopen during the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. 
 
However, if we do not bargain over potential hybrid schedules, the district will be able to unilaterally impose their own version if there is a physical reopening at some point. We are using this time to bargain hybrid schedules if a physical return becomes possible. Hybrid schedules are complicated and imperfect. We will work through the questions and issues together as UTLA members and colleagues as bargaining progresses. We are pushing for no roving teachers, no roving students, no in-person and remote teaching at the same time (teachers would not concurrently teach via Zoom and live in the classroom), isolated cohorts of students who don’t interact with other cohorts, no am/pm cohort rotation for elementary schools, and minimal master schedule changes to the greatest degree possible. Upon reaching an agreement on the potential hybrid schedules, we’ll start bargaining safety procedures and protocols for every school; accommodations for members with identified health risks; and special education services, HHS services, and itinerant educator services.
 
We are close to an agreement with LAUSD to extend the current Distance Learning Side Letter. This is essential, because the current agreement expires on December 31. Stay tuned for more info.

LAUSD surveys will yield critical data. The LAUSD surveys for families and employees on a return to campus have landed as COVID infections go in the opposite direction of a safe physical return to school. This heightens anxieties around the survey, but we encourage everyone to take it. Solid data is needed to plan and negotiate the details of a physical return, if one happens this school year. We also want to encourage you to reach out to LAUSD parents and remind them to fill out the survey as well.  
  

Agreement reached for providing EEC services

The work our EEC staff do with our youngest learners is foundational and sets students on the path to continued success, and we are gratified to have reached an agreement last week providing voluntary in-person Early Education Center services. The agreement is similar to the ones we reached for voluntary DIS services, student assessments, one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, Adult Ed/CTE instruction, physical conditioning for team sports, and nurses working in the COVID testing program. 

Bargaining these agreements has been important to ensure clear safety procedures for all volunteers and protect the right to decline or withdraw from participation without reprisal. Under our agreement with the district, any in-person services provided by UTLA members are strictly voluntary.

 
Thursday, November 19, 2020

FAQ: Bargaining for an eventual return
This week more than 700 chapter leaders from across the city participated in our webinar to discuss community health metrics that need to be reached for a physical return to schools. Chapters are holding meetings this week so that colleagues can discuss the metrics and overall bargaining. 
 
A physical return to schools is not imminent, and there is no timeline for a return. UTLA and the district have consistently said that the timing of a physical return has to be based on science. With COVID cases surging, no one is pressing on the gas pedal right now. 
 
Please see the BARGAINING UPDATES FAQ section of the Distance Learning FAQ page for answers to some general issues. We encourage you to watch the UTLA webinar or review the PowerPoint for specifics on the science-based community health metrics for a safe return and necessary elements of a bargaining agreement for a potential physical return. 

 

Friday, October 9, 2020

UTLA has reached voluntary service agreements with LAUSD on the following: Voluntary In-Person DIS, In-Person Small-Group Tutoring Services, Physical Conditioning Services, Adult Education (DACE), In-Person Assessments and In-Person Tutoring.

Highlights:

DIS (Designated Instructional Services) 

  • The agreement will allow members to provide limited DIS services to high need students on a voluntary basis in a safe setting. We’re close to reaching similar agreements for physical conditioning in district athletic programs and for small group tutoring.

In-person tutoring, assessments, and targeted Adult Education

  • UTLA has reached sideletter agreements with LAUSD on safety and working conditions for members voluntarily providing in-person tutoring, assessments, and targeted adult education classes — all programs that require some level of in-person work. We are gratified that we could reach an agreement that supports our most vulnerable students and follows best practices to uphold the health and safety of our school communities.

  • Participation in all three programs will be voluntary, with employees allowed to refuse participation or withdraw from participation without reprisal. The district must follow LA County Department of Health protocols, including daily symptom screening, physical distancing of at least 6 feet (10 feet when practical), daily sanitization of work spaces, and PPE provided for teachers and students. Additionally, all participating members and students must be tested (at a district testing facility or private facility) and cleared before providing or receiving in-person services.

 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Big healthcare win for substitute educators

In response to pressure from UTLA, LAUSD has agreed to provide healthcare benefits to substitute educators in the 2020-2021 school year who did not attain the 600-hour eligibility amount. These benefits will be provided to substitutes who have made themselves available to work in the 2020-2021 school year, who attained benefit eligibility in prior years, and who likely would have attained eligibility in the 2020-2021 year if not for the pandemic. Substitutes who had benefits last year will automatically be reenrolled by the district. Those who are new to benefits must enroll through the LAUSD Benefits Administration.

This is an important win for substitute educators, who are critical players in crisis distance learning — handling split classes, breakout rooms, IEP coverage, and more. We are gratified that LAUSD did the right thing in response to UTLA’s call to consider our unprecedented circumstances and the critical importance of secure healthcare during this global health emergency. 

 

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

UTLA Conceptual Bargaining Proposals for Restarting Schools in 2020-2021

UTLA makes the following conceptual proposals concerning the impact and effects of starting instruction and potentially reopening LAUSD schools for the 2020-2021 school year, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Update from February 27th bargaining session

After 3 bargaining sessions, LAUSD has failed to bring any proposals or counter proposals to the table.  UTLA has made proposals on salary and compensation, HHS staffing, and Special Education.  Furthermore, despite getting information and hearing passionate stories about the day to day challenges facing our bilingual educators and special educators in the last two sessions, the district still refused to commit to bringing proposals to the table on March 26th, when we have our next bargaining session.

These are the Bilingual Educators who joined the bargaining team on February 27th: Xiaoyan (Helen) Han (Castelar ES), Karla Govan (Stoner ES), Esperanza Trujillo (Madison MS), Ofelia Sofi Ryan (PSA Counselor), Mallorie Evans (DHH/Audiology) and Cheryl Ortega (UTLA Board Member for Bilingual Education).

 

Update from February 12th bargaining session

 February 12 was our second reopener bargaining session with LAUSD. At the first session, UTLA made proposals on three issues: Salary & Compensation, Special Education, and Class Size & HHS staffing. These proposals came from gathering input from groups of members representing the different sectors of our union, and were approved by the Board of Directors. We informed the district that we were ready for serious bargaining and wanted to schedule sessions every other week between now and June.

 

At this second session, the district failed to present us with a counter proposal on our Special Education demands. The UTLA bargaining team included six Special Education practitioners who spoke passionately and convincingly about their real-life conditions, and why the proposals were essential for their students and themselves. They shared stories about having 25 students in a secondary SDC class and how it is impossible to give students what they need under such conditions; about being a new teacher and not having a mentor; the frustration of having five grade spans in one elementary SDC class; and how often their paraprofessional colleagues are pulled out of their class to do translation and support other teachers. Their stories were heartfelt and compelling, and expressed why our Special Education proposals are needed to improve the conditions for Special Education students and educators.

 

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday, February 27. We have demanded that written counterproposals be provided by the district at that session.

 

These are the Special Education teachers who joined the bargaining team on February 12: Deborah Loperena (Blythe ES), Debby Schneider Solis (Arminta ES), Natalie Alvarez (Berendo MS), Mary Potter (Dodson MS), Clark Smith (Van Nuys MS) and Lucia Arias (UTLA Board member for Special Education).

 

Next bargaining session

-Thursday, March 26th, 2020
 

Our demands:
  • Compensation increases, including an across-the-board salary increase, expanded bilingual differentials, and greater pay equity for Adult Ed, Early Ed, and CTE teachers
  • Special Education supports, including lower caseloads and more school psychologists
  • Increased HHS staffing, such as PSWs and PSAs, crucial to student mental health and school discipline plans

 

Wednesday, January 29th

Contract Reopener Bargaining

On January 29, 2020 we began contract reopener bargaining with LAUSD, focusing on issues that need the most attention before full contract bargaining in 2022.

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Full text of the proposals
 

UTLA Proposal-Special Education 1-29-20
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UTLA Proposal-Salary & Compensation 1-29-20
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UTLA Proposal-Class Size 1-29-20
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Autonomous Schools 

UTLA Proposal-Autonomous Schools 2-7-20
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Special Ed Bargaining

10.04.2019

After stalling for two sessions and mounting pressure from UTLA, LAUSD finally showed progress at the bargaining table for the special education inclusion pilot program, but there are outstanding issues we will continue to fight for. Our next bargaining session is scheduled for Oct. 16.

UTLA-Side Letter-SPED Inclusive-10-16-19
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UTLA-Side Letter-SPED Inclusive-09-09-19
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UTLA MOU Proposal #2-Expanded Inclusion Pilot 8-30-19
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UTLA RATIFIED AGREEMENT 2019
 

What We Won Side-by-Side Chart 

 

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN FULL

Click below to read the 40-page full agreement

 

STRIKE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

 

STRIKE PAYROLL IMPACT LETTER

 

BOE RESOLUTION TO BE INTRODUCED

Language for Board of Education on LAUSD charter caps.

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BARGAINING 2017-19

We have been in negotiations with LAUSD since April 2017. We have been working without a contract for almost one year. Even with $1.86 billion reserves, LAUSD says it does not have the money to improve our schools to include lower class sizes, accountability for charter schools and a real reinvestment in school safety, vital staffing and educational programs. Since 2008, the cost of living in LA has increased 27% yet the district offers stagnant wages and healthcare.

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FULL PROPOSALS

Jan. 11, 2019

LAUSD Counter Proposal 91-page counter proposal packet
LAUSD Counter MOU

2019-2020 Class Size Reduction, Counseling, Health & Human Service, Teacher Positions

 

Jan. 7, 2019

UTLA Proposal 59-page proposal packet
LAUSD Counter Proposal 76-page proposal packet

 

July 24, 2018

MOU Adult Education Adult Education Assignments
LAUSD Counter Proposal

Article XIV - Salaries

UTLA FINAL Bargaining Package Our LAST, BEST & FINAL 69-page bargaining proposal packet to LAUSD. 

 

June 1, 2018

UTLA Proposal

Article XXI Adult Ed

UTLA Proposal

MOU New Salary Scale for Speech, Language, Occupational Therapists, Audiologist, Psychologist, etc.

UTLA Proposal

MOU Article I - Recognition Job Descriptions

UTLA Proposal

MOU Community Schools

UTLA Proposal

MOU New LAUSD Hire Orientations

LAUSD Counter Proposal

Article X - EDS

LAUSD Counter Proposal

Article XII - Leaves & Absences

LAUSD Counter Proposal

Article IX-B - Professional Development

 

May 24, 2018

UTLA Proposal

Article XXV - Academic Freedom & Responsibility

UTLA Proposal

Article IX-A - Assignments

UTLA Proposal

Article IX - Hours, Duties & Workyear

LAUSD Counter Proposal

Article IV Amendment

LAUSD Counter Proposal

Article XI-B - Master Plan

LAUSD Counter Proposa

Article XXI - Adult Career Education

LAUSD Counter Proposal

Article XXX - Special Committees

LAUSD Counter Proposal

Statement of Intent Prop. 39

 

April 26, 2018

UTLA Proposal ARTICLE XVIII - CLASS SIZE & STAFFING
UTLA Proposal ARTICLE XXXI - WORKING CONDITIONS
UTLA Proposal ARTICLE IX - EARLY EDUCATION EEC
UTLA Proposal ARTICLE XXI - ADULT & CAREER EDUCATION
LAUSD Counter Proposal ARTICLE VIII - CLASS SIZE
LAUSD Counter Proposal ARTICLE XXII - SPECIAL EDUCATION
LAUSD Counter Proposal ARTICLE XXXI - MISC.
LAUSD Counter Proposal ARTICLE IV - UTLA RIGHTS
LAUSD Counter Proposal ARTICLE IX -A - ASSIGNMENTS

 

April 12, 2018

UTLA Proposal ARTICLE IX-A - ASSIGNMENTS
UTLA Proposal ARTICLE X-A - DISCIPLINE
UTLA Proposal ARTICLE XII – LEAVES AND ABSENCES
UTLA Proposal ARTICLE XI - TRANSFERS
UTLA Proposal ARTICLE IV - UTLA RIGHTS
UTLA Proposal MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN UTLA & LAUSD
LAUSD Counter Proposal ARTICLE XIV - SALARIES, ARTICLE XVIII - CLASS SIZE, ARTICLE IX - HOURS, DUTIES AND WORK YEAR, SUMMER/WINTER INTERSESSION...

 

March 15, 2018

UTLA Proposal ARTICLE XVIII - Class Size & Staffing
LAUSD Counter Proposal ARTICLE X-A - Discipline

 

March 1, 2018

UTLA Proposal Article IX - Hours, Duties & Work Year
UTLA Proposal Article IX-B - Professional Development
UTLA Proposal Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-Based Management
UTLA Proposal Article XXX - Special Committees
UTLA Proposal Special Education
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article IX-B - Professional Development
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XIX - Substitute Employees
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXIII - Early Education Centers

 

Feb. 15, 2018

UTLA Proposal Article XI-B - Master Plan Program
UTLA Proposal Article XII-C - School Accountability
UTLA Proposal Article XXXI - Misc.
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article I - Recognition
LAUSD Counter Proposal Certificated Support of Training Fund
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXXI - Misc.
LAUSD Counter Proposal Affordable Housing & Homelessness

 

Feb. 1, 2018

UTLA Proposal Article IX - Early Education
UTLA Proposal Article XXI - Adult & Career Education
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article IV - UTLA Rights
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXIV - School Climate & Discipline
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-Based Management

 

Jan. 12, 2018

UTLA Proposal Article XI - Transfers
UTLA Proposal Article XXIV - School Climate & Discipline
UTLA Proposal Article XXV - Academic Freedom & Ethnic Studies
UTLA Proposal Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-Based Management
LAUSD Counter Proposal Public School Accountability
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XII-B - Charters Schools
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article IV - UTLA Rights

 

Nov, 30, 2017

LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article X - Evaluations
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XI-B - Master Plan
LAUSD Counter Proposal Community Schools

 

Nov. 13, 2017

LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXIV - Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss
LAUSD Counter Proposal Articel XXVII - Shared Decision-Making School-Based Management
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXXI - Misc.

 

Oct. 12, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
UTLA Proposal Article IV - UTLA Rights
UTLA Proposal Article XXII - Multi-track Schools
UTLA Proposal Article IX - Hours, Duties & Work Year
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXI - Misc.
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXIII - Early Ed

 

Oct. 4, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article IX-A - Assignments
UTLA Proposal Article X - Educator Development, Support & Evaluation
UTLA Proposal Article X-A - Discipline
UTLA Proposal Article XI - Transfers
UTLA Proposal Article XII - Leaves & Absences
UTLA Proposal Article XII-A - Attendance Incentive Plan
UTLA Proposal Article XII-B - Charter Schools
UTLA Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
UTLA Proposal Article V - Grievances
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article IX-B - Professional Development
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXIV - Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss

 

Sept. 15, 2017

UTLA Proposal 64-page Bargaining Packet
Community Proposal 13-page Community Bargaining Packet
LAUSD Proposal Article XX - Summer/Winter/Intersession Intervention/Extended Learning Program Sessions
LAUSD Proposal Article IV - UTLA Rights
LAUSD Proposal Article XXII - Multitrack Schools

 

August 21, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XXV - Academic Freedom
UTLA Proposal Article XVIII - Class Size
UTLA Proposal Article IX-B - Professional Development
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XII - Leaves & Absences
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XIX - Substitute Employees
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXI - Adult & Career Education
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXIII - Early Education Centers

 

July 20, 2017

UTLA Proposal New Article - Special Education
UTLA Proposal Article XI-B - Master Plan Program
UTLA Proposal Articles 1, IX, IX-B, X, XI, XXXI & New Article
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article V - Grievances
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XI - Transfers
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article X - EDS
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article X-A - Discipline

 

July 7, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XXIV - School Climate and Discipline

 

June 20, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XXIII - Early Education Centers
UTLA Proposal Article XXI - Adult & Career Education
UTLA Proposal Article XIX - Substitute Employees
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XIV - Salaries

 

June 1, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article IX-A - Assignments
UTLA Proposal Article X - Educator Development Support & Evaluation
UTLA Proposal Article IX - Hours, Duties & Work Year

 

May 25, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XVIII, Section 1.5, Class Size
UTLA Proposal Salaries, Article XIV
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-based Management
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article IV - UTLA Rights

 

May 4, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article IV - UTLA Rights
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XII - Leaves & Absences
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article IV -UTLA Rights

 

April 20, 2017

UTLA Proposal Leaves & Absences
UTLA Proposal Article XXVII - Shared Decision Making & School-based Management
UTLA Proposal Article XXV - Academic Freedom & Responsibility

 

March 28, 2017

LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XI - Transfers
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XVIII - Class Size

 

March 9, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XI - Transfers
UTLA Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
UTLA Proposal Article XVIII - Class Size
LAUSD Counter Proposal Aricle XXIV - Student Discipline, Legal Support & Property Loss

 

February 16, 26017

UTLA Proposal Article X - Educator Development Support & Evaluation
UTLA Proposal Article XXIV - Student Climate, Student Discipline & Positive Behavior Support
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XI - Transfers

 

January 26, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XI - Transfers
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article IV - UTLA Rights
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article X - Educator Development Support & Evaluation
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XII-B Charter Schools
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
LAUSD Counter Proposal Article XVIII - Class Size

 

January 12, 2017

UTLA Proposal Article XIV - Salaries
UTLA Proposal Article XVIII - Class Size
UTLA Proposal Article XXV - Academic Freedom & Responsibility

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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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