January 22, 2019Negotiations
A super-majority of members approve agreement
PAPER BALLOT RESULTS
Jan. 23, 2019 | 8:35 PM
Following a six-day strike that reshaped the future of public education in Los Angeles, UTLA members voted 81% to ratify the three-year agreement.
With 73% — or 24,720 members voting
- 20,024 voted YES
- 4,696 voted NO
We know that our effort to move the voting process quickly and get people back into schools has caused frustration for some. UTLA is extending the vote to Friday at 6 p.m. for those who haven't had a chance to cast a ballot. Voting is at UTLA headquarters (go to 10th floor reception area) from 9 am to 6 pm until Friday, January 25. READ MORE>>
Our strike and our unity on the picket lines have resulted in tremendous contract and policy victories. The strike made us stronger as a union for future struggles, connected us with parents in ways we have never seen before, and fundamentally shifted the narrative on public education in the US. We have made history together.
KEY VICTORIES: WHAT WE WON
Jan. 22, 2019
With all sites reporting the tally of votes electronically, a super-majority of UTLA members have approved the tentative agreement reached this morning with LAUSD, and educators will return to schools tomorrow. These preliminary vote results are so overwhelming that it's clear the tentative agreement will pass when all the hard-copy ballots are counted tomorrow.
Today was a packed and accelerated day so that we could vote on the TA and return to schools without delay. Once again LA educators showed amazing flexibility and focus. There was a lot to consider and discuss: The contract agreement makes progress in more than 20 different areas, and we will continue to talk with each other about the positive impact on our schools.
The agreement is a paradigm shift and delivers on the defining demands of our contract campaign:
- A much-deserved 6% pay raise with no contingencies
- A nurse in every school five days a week
- Hard caps on class size that will lower class sizes immediately in 2019-20, with more improvements every year after
- Counselor-student ratios of 1:500
- Commitment to reduce testing by 50%
- A teacher librarian in every secondary school five days a week
- Investment in community schools
- Clear pathway to cap charters
- Hard caps on special education caseloads and release time for testing
- Important wins for adult ed, early ed, and substitute educators
- Progress on common good demands on ending random searches, expanding green space, and supporting immigrant families
Reflecting the tens of thousands of parents who joined our picket lines and rallies, more than 1,000 parents called in to our tele-town hall tonight to hear details of the agreement. Our strike showed the country just how much the public loves public schools and wants a reinvestment in education, not privatization. It's clear we have created a foundation for future work, and we will keep fighting with parent and community allies for increased funding at the state and federal level and to stop the privatization of our schools.
"For too long teachers have lived with a hard truth to tell—that for years our students were being starved of the resources they need," says UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl. "Our expectations were fundamentally raised by this strike. Together we said we deserve better, our students deserve better. We must keep our expectations high and not let go of this moment, because the next struggle is right around the corner."