More Labor Groups Ratify Salary Agreements

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 4, 2014) – Four more Los Angeles Unified School District bargaining units ratified recent tentative agreements by a large margin bringing multi-year pay increases and providing employees with their first salary raises after several years of furlough days and sharp budget cuts.

Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) members ratified their contract with an 89.7 percent approval rating. AALA, which represents 2,320 members employed as principals and administrators, secured a lump-sum payment for 2013-14, as well as a salary increase for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. The agreement also provides a financial incentive for employees with strong job performance in the 2015-16 year.
 
Associated Administrators of Los Angeles Unit J, whose 234 members represent the classified managers of the District, ratified their contract with a 95.1 percent approval. AALA Unit J, which gains 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.

Teamsters Local 572 Unit S, whose 3,100 members are comprised of school administrative assistants, plant managers, cafeteria managers, area operations supervisors, bus supervisors and food services supervisors, ratified their contract with a 93 percent approval rating. Unit S gains a lump-sum payment for the 2013-14 year and a salary increase in each of the next three school years. 

Los Angeles School Police Association Unit A members ratified their contract with a 57 percent approval. 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.

"We are committed to securing a good salary increase and new positions to staff our schools as we work together to support school communities and strategically target resources to our highest-needs students,” Superintendent John E. Deasy said. “These agreements help us achieve our goals."

“This is terrific news,” Chief Labor Negotiator Vivian Ekchian said. “It means that the membership is in tune with the District’s message of putting students first.” 

So far, LAUSD has reached new agreements with nine bargaining units.

Although teachers, nurses and counselors were not affected by the latest salary increases, L.A. Unified is committed to securing similar multi-year raises for United Teachers Los Angeles before the first day of school on August 12. We look forward to UTLA leadership continuing to join District negotiators at the table to make this a reality.

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Contact: Lydia L. Ramos (213) 241-6766