More Labor Groups Reach Salary Agreements With L.A. Unified

LOS ANGELES (July 16, 2014) – The Los Angeles Unified School District reached agreement last week with two more of its labor partners for a multi-year pay increase, adding to the number of employees receiving their first salary raise after several years of furlough days and other types budget cuts.

These tentative agreements will be presented to the Los Angeles Board of Education for adoption in August. Union members also must ratify the proposals, which call for workers receiving salary increases of 2 percent in 2014-15, 2 percent in 2015-16 and 2.5 percent in 2016-17.

The tentative deals call for:
  • Associated Administrators of Los Angeles Unit J, whose 234 members represent the classified managers of the District, gain a lump-sum payment for the 2013-14 year and a salary increase in each of the next three years, made a commitment to participate in a pilot evaluation process and payroll optimization.
  • Los Angeles School Police Association Unit A, has 421 members comprised of School Police Officers, Detectives and School Safety Officers who will receive annual salary raises in 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17.  In addition, unit members will be eligible to receive performance incentives as well as payments for their participation in a pilot evaluation process.
Steve Zimmer, vice president of the Los Angeles Board of Education that oversees L.A. Unified, said he was pleased about reaching agreements with two more labor partners.
 
“I am thankful to our police officers and our classified managers for these tentative agreements that honor both our students and the important work done on their behalf by our police officers and our classified management.
 
“It is not easy keeping our students safe and secure, nor is it easy to keep every corner of our District operating. We are a safer, more efficient District because of their hard work and sacrifice. These agreements begin to recognize each officer and manager. I look forward to the day we can make every member of our team whole.”
                                                  
Investing in schools and employees will improve student academic achievement, said Board Member Mónica García.
 
“I am proud that LAUSD has reached a tentative agreement with two of our critical labor partners,” García said. “As we invest in our employees and schools, we will continue to see gains in our students’ achievement and reach our goal of 100% graduation.”
 
The president of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles, Judith Perez, also said her union members were relieved to have a provisional agreement in place.
 
“AALA classified members are pleased that we reached tentative agreement with the District,” Perez said. “While no collective bargaining agreement is perfect, we are
encouraged by the District’s commitment to increased support and safety for students and staff members throughout the District.”

John Deasy, the superintendent of L.A. Unified, said the bargaining agreements represented a step forward for all involved.
 
“I’m very proud of the members of the Los Angeles School Police Association Unit A and the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles Unit J for the constant work on behalf of our youth. This is a good and very fair way to thank employees and to strengthen our working relationships. He added, “I am grateful to all members.”
 
L.A. Unified looks forward to the continuing negotiations with the Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council, Los Angeles School Police Management Association and United Teachers Los Angeles later this month, said Vivian Ekchian, the District’s chief negotiator.
 
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 Contact: Daryl Strickland (213) 241-6766


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