UTLA Bargaining Updates

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The UTLA Bargaining Team, Board of Directors, and chapter chairs have all endorsed a YES vote on the Tentative Agreement, here is a summary of the agreement. UTLA Members will vote on the agreement August 12-14. Please watch!

 

Monday, August 3, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE
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LOS ANGELES – UTLA and LAUSD reached a tentative agreement late Sunday night that meets UTLA’s top priorities of protecting the health and safety of staff and students; closing the digital divide through a “smart start” to the school year and technology support;strengthening crisis distance learning to maintain daily school routines; expanding socio-emotional support during this period of trauma; and ensuring educator discretion and flexibility in recognition of the unprecedented circumstances in which we are living. 

“When LAUSD school campuses closed in March, educators, parents and students had to adapt to an emergency moment, and over just a few days. This time, it was important to think through the challenges and to incorporate feedback from that experience — using information from a parent and member survey and feedback from members — which is reflected in this final agreement,” said UTLA Bargaining Co-Chair Arlene Inouye.

The agreement will next go to the LAUSD School Board for a vote as well as a vote of UTLA members next week. If ratified by UTLA members, the agreement will remain in force until December 31, 2020, or until students physically return to LAUSD schools for regular instruction. UTLA and LAUSD will continue bargaining the necessary conditions for a physical reopening of schools. Some key highlights of the TA:

  • Daily live interaction.
  • An average school day from 9 AM to 2:15 PM. The defined schedule meets the requirements of state law (SB 98). 
  • Targeted small group instruction, as well as time to focus on social emotional needs of our students. 
  • Opportunities for ongoing projects, small group work and independent work.
  • Mondays are instructional support days; student instructional days are Tuesday-Friday.
  • Office hours where students and families can connect with teachers.
  • From Aug 20-28, a “Smart Start” to the school year to set the stage for teaching and learning, including using instructional time for walk-through sessions on technology to be used in class and time for outreach to students and parents.
  • The afternoons of August 17-18 shall be used for planning and preparation for the beginning of the Academic Year. The afternoon of August 19 shall be used to make initial contact with students and families to make introductions and to explain procedures.
  • A flexible work schedule for non-classroom educators and Early Childhood Educators,  to meet the needs of students.

There is much more in the agreement on Special Education, Non-Classroom Educators, Substitute Teachers, Early Learners, and more. 

“This agreement will be brought to life by educators, students and parents. This MOU is not an end point — it’s a beginning,” said UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz. “We must invest more resources to create healthy and safe schools and to build on this MOU with responsiveness to feedback from educators, parents, and students.”

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FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE

 

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE

 

UTLA and LAUSD have not yet reached an agreement on remote learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year, but significant progress has been made.

Much of today's back-and-forth has been on the daily instructional schedule. We are pressing for a consistent instructional schedule with regular student-teacher engagement that respects educators' professional discretion.

Bargaining will continue into the night. When an agreement is reached, it will be voted on by UTLA members.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE
BARGAINING UPDATE JULY 30

 

In bargaining today, UTLA presented a revised instructional schedule and proposals on remote learning as it impacts all of our members, including classroom teachers, itinerant educators, nonclassroom staff, substitutes, and teachers in adult education, special education, and early education.
  
As we reported yesterday, the two sides have agreed to:

• drop LAUSD's proposal requiring our members to teach virtually from the classroom

• accept UTLA’s proposal that there be no evaluation of permanent teachers in 2020-21

• accept UTLA’s conceptual proposal for a “Smart Start” of the school year.


We will be back at the table tomorrow determined to get an agreement as soon as possible. We believe we are headed in the right direction to build a more robust remote learning program that works better for students, parents, and educators. When an agreement is reached, it will be put to a vote of the UTLA membership.  

Watch Facebook Live tomorrow at 8 am to hear the highlights from the bargaining table.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE

 

THURSDAY BARGAINING UPDATE

 

The UTLA Bargaining Team met with LAUSD again today and reports significant progress. The two sides have agreed to:

  • drop LAUSD's proposal requiring our members to teach virtually from the classroom 
  • accept UTLA’s proposal that there be no evaluation of permanent teachers in 2020-21
  • accept UTLA’s conceptual proposal for a “Smart Start” of the school year.

“By focusing on social-emotional learning, walk-through sessions on technology, and parent outreach, the Smart Start to the school year recognizes this unprecedented moment and lays the groundwork for stronger crisis remote learning,” UTLA Bargaining Co-Chair Arlene Inouye said. “We are gratified that the district abandoned its risky proposal to require all educators to teach from school sites. This will help protect the health and safety of our members, especially those with health conditions or at-risk family members at home.”

We still have many outstanding issues to bargain, including the length of the work day, the structure of the work day, and UTLA’s proposal for a weekly Student Support Day. For context, here are instructional schedules proposed by UTLA and instructional schedules proposed by LAUSD this week.

Also to be discussed further is the option for members to teach from their own classrooms on a voluntary basis. As the pandemic continues to worsen, UTLA has serious concerns about the health and safety of our members. The district has yet to provide clear safety protocols or evidence that it has secured the testing and Personal Protective Equipment necessary for staff to work from school sites, among other issues.

Our Bargaining Team is working hard to reach an agreement and will be back at the table tomorrow. When we reach an agreement with the district, it will be put to a vote of the membership.

LINKS: Proposed Instructional Schedules

 


TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE

 

TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE

 

Bargaining continued today with LAUSD, with some discussion of the instructional day schedule for the fall. 
 
LAUSD continues to push its unacceptable position that our members should be required to teach virtually from the classroom when the school year begins. We once again strongly rejected this attempted mandate.
 
Our Bargaining Team called out the disrespect behind the district’s stance and questioned how LAUSD can feel so emboldened as to try to force our members — who are majority female and majority people of color — to return to work during a surging pandemic, putting educators' health and safety at risk.
 
While we know some of our members would like to teach from the classroom, the district has yet to provide clear safety protocols or evidence that it has secured the testing and Personal Protective Equipment necessary for staff to work from school sites.
 
At this time, UTLA bargaining unit members are not required to physically return to school sites, and that includes ALL of our members — classroom-based and nonclassroom-based staff. If you are asked to do so by your administrator, ask for the directive in writing and forward it to your UTLA Area representative.
 
We’ll be back at the table tomorrow.


 

MONDAY, JULY 27, 2020 BARGAINING UPDATE

 

MONDAY JULY 27 UPDATE

 

The UTLA Bargaining Team is in daily negotiation sessions with LAUSD this week on our critical priorities: to not reopen physical schools until it is safe to do so and to strengthen crisis distance learning so it works better for educators, parents, and students — especially our most vulnerable students.
 


Today, the district proposed requiring educators to provide virtual instruction from their school site classrooms, along with a micro-structured 8:30 am-3 pm school day. LAUSD’s proposals would require an excessive amount of screen time that is not healthy for children, would diminish educators’ professional discretion, and would leave little time for much-needed collaboration.
 


Our UTLA Bargaining Team rejected these proposals outright.
 


“The district’s attempt to force staff back to school sites is out of step with the raging pandemic around us,” UTLA Bargaining Team Co-Chair Arlene Inouye said. “We urge the district to turn away from unsafe directives and toward ideas that will truly support our students, like a Smart Start to school to set a solid foundation for crisis distance learning and a weekly Student Support Day to provide the critical social, emotional, and academic supports needed to fully engage in the educational program. There are no shortcuts to dealing with the deep trauma our students have been living through. Last March, we shut down schools with no time to prepare. For this new round of crisis distance learning, we need to set the stage for the best possible outcomes for our students.”
 


UTLA presented an initial package of conceptual proposals to the district on the impact and effects of starting instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. Our framework, which is subject to negotiation, focuses on the supports students and educators need for remote learning, including:
 


    •    No required physical return to campuses. 
 


    •    A “Smart Start” for the first two weeks of the school year, including using instructional time for walk-through sessions on technology to be used in class and engaging students in deep social-emotional learning in response to the trauma we’re all living through.
 


    •    Appropriate and effective technology, WiFi access, and tech support for all preK-12 students, parents, and staff.
 


    •    Consistent schedules for elementary and secondary schools with regular student-teacher engagement that is appropriate, pedagogically sound, and includes — but does not solely rely on — live instruction. Our proposed schedule meets all of the instructional requirements of state law.
 


    •    A weekly Student Support Day for staff to outreach to students and families and provide the critical social, emotional, and academic supports needed to fully engage in the educational program and allow collaboration between grade levels and departments for best practices in our virtual environment.
 


    •    Daily small group advisory periods to support social-emotional learning and systemic scheduling of itinerant educators (including arts, dance, music, and theater arts) to ensure a broad curriculum. 
 


    •    Increased support for Special Education, including substitute coverage during IEP sessions and mutually voluntary in-person assessments when appropriate and safe.
 


    •    Paid prep time for HHS professionals (including School Nurses) before the school year for reengaging with families, identifying resources, setting up crisis teams, identifying students with chronic absences, and other critical work.
 


    •    Because of unprecedented crisis learning circumstances, no evaluation of permanent teachers in 2020-2021, not less than 48-hour notice required for administrator observation of live virtual instruction, and probationary teachers being evaluated would have option of using recorded instruction for their evaluations.
 


    •    Expanded academic support by substitute educators through assisting with breakout instruction and covering advisory periods and IEP sessions, along with extended professional development and protection of earned healthcare for substitute educators. 


 
    •    Guidelines for Psychiatric Social Workers, Pupil Services and Attendance counselors, School Psychologists, and itinerant Special Education educators, including flexibility to conduct sessions virtually, by phone, or in person upon issuance of formal guidelines by the district.
 


    •    Secondary Counselors given the time to reprogram all secondary students for distance learning before the new school year begins. 
 


    •    Age-appropriate platforms and district-provided manipulatives for early learners, along with a maximum screen time of 45 minutes for children under 5 years of age. 
 

Our Bargaining Team is back at the table tomorrow. If we reach an agreement with the district, it will be put to a vote of the membership.

 

BARINGING TEAM
Monday, July 27, 2020 — From the table today: The UTLA Bargaining Team