UTLA members have overwhelmingly approved the tentative agreement reached with LAUSD in September. Over three days of voting from September 30 to October 2 conducted by Integrity Voting Systems, 15,791 ballots were cast, with 97% Yes ballots (15,344 ballots) and 3% No (447).

The agreement members approved is a time-specific agreement to secure health and safety protocols, working conditions during the pandemic, and a salary increase for all members.

Now we build toward 2022, when our full contract with LAUSD expires. In full contract bargaining, we can bring forward any issues that we want to improve at LAUSD — pay, class size, student supports, and more. We want our bargaining team to be at the table with a full set of proposals and the full support of 34,000 UTLA members well before our contract expires.

An ambitious, democratically developed bargaining platform is how we build power and win for our schools, our students, and our profession.

• Has your school held a Chapter Issues ID meeting?

Be sure to attend your chapter meetings and be ready to engage and collectively identify issues for negotiations. What pay, benefit, and working condition issues should we fight to address in our contract campaign? What issues, if fixed, would make the biggest difference in improving teaching and/or learning at your chapter? If your chapter has not held a Chapter Issues Identification meeting, reach out to your chapter leaders about organizing a meeting to talk with colleagues about your school’s priorities.

• Ask a parent to the Reclaim Our Schools LA Town Halls in October

The community coalition Reclaim Our Schools LA is holding three town hall meetings for parents, students, educators and community leaders to talk about everyone’s vision for the future of Los Angeles schools as part of UTLA’s development of a bargaining platform. All UTLA educators are encouraged to attend and to invite parents at your school to join a town hall.

  • October 16, 10 am to noon: South LA & Harbor (Board Districts 1 & 7)
  • October 23, 10 am to noon: San Fernando Valley, West and East (Board Districts 3 & 6)
  • October 30, 10 am to noon: East LA thru Mid-City, Hollywood, West LA (Board Districts 2, 4, & 5)