March 21, 2022News
UTLA members approved the Tentative Agreement with the district covering COVID-19 testing and masking protocols by a vote of 84% Yes (15,466 votes) and 16% No (2,954 votes).
Our health and safety priorities in negotiations with the district were two-fold: to keep in place the weekly COVID testing program that has helped keep our communities safe and to protect our youngest learners in early education programs who are not able to be vaccinated. The agreement achieves both of these critical goals.
“UTLA educators, parents, and our school communities have fought for LAUSD to be the vanguard of health and safety in public education across the nation during this pandemic — an accomplishment due in large part to the weekly testing program and the strong safety protocols we’ve bargained with the district,” said UTLA President Myart-Cruz. “As we monitor the trajectory of the virus, we will continue to put health and safety first.”
Should COVID conditions change for the worse, this agreement gives us the right to re-engage the district on additional safety protocols if necessary.
UTLA echoes the LA County Department of Public Health and other agencies in strongly recommending that masking continue in all school settings. We negotiated a provision in the agreement that requires LAUSD to strongly encourage masking in ongoing communications to employees, parents/guardians, and students.
Now we move forward and continue building the power to win the ambitious goals of our Beyond Recovery platform, including a significant pay raise, lower class size, increases in staffing and student supports, and addressing community issues that affect education.
The UTLA bargaining team is working to turn the platform into proposals with a goal of beginning negotiations with LAUSD in May.