District and UTLA Meet Again for More Contract Talks

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 9, 2014) -- At today’s negotiations session, the District embraced UTLA’s recently- communicated interest in using the negotiations platform as an opportunity to actively enter the Restorative Justice conversation as a union. 
 
UTLA was welcomed to a presentation to familiarize them with the extensive progress of the District’s Restorative Justice Program.  That program is part of a coordinated effort to continue creating safe and secure teaching and learning environments for students and teachers.  The District updated UTLA leadership on the program that was introduced in schools starting in 2013.
 
Part of the program is the creation of the School Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support Task Force created by Board Resolution on May 14, 2013, which serves to establish age-appropriate interventions for students and on which interested teachers have been serving since the creation of the committee.  The District proposed that UTLA actively participate in this work by identifying representatives to join the task force that has contributed so much to the design and implementation of the program. 
 
The District also shared with UTLA the preliminary calculations of the budgetary impact of its recent 10% salary proposal. The 3-year impact of UTLA’s salary proposal of a 10% on-schedule salary increase and a $1,000 stipend amounts to $876 million. When combined with other projected deficits, the total impact is at least $1.35 billion over three years that would require budget reductions in order to pay for the salary proposals. These figures do not yet include the two additional portions of UTLA’s salary proposal related to an early retirement incentive and paid professional development.
 
The next bargaining session is scheduled for October 22, 2014.
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Contact: Lydia L. Ramos (213) 241-6766



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