LOS ANGELES (Nov. 17, 2014) – The Los Angeles Unified School District met recently with the United Teachers Los Angeles on a variety topics raised by the teacher’s union, but reported no agreement on key issues despite its new offer to increase salaries without condition.
The District on Friday once again offered salary increases for union members, providing a revised proposal that increased salary payments equaling 4 percent of earnings for 2014-15. Also, L.A. Unified officials removed contingency language for a 2 percent increase in the 2015-16 year and a 2.5 percent increase in the 2016-17 school years.
“The removal of this language is very significant,” said Vivian Ekchian, the District’s chief labor negotiator. “It assures our teachers of the District’s long-term commitment to providing them with the compensation they deserve, in addition to sustaining a robust health benefits package for them and their family members.”
The District offered union members an 8.64 percent salary increase over three years (including a one-time lump sum for 2013-14). In addition, L.A. Unified committed to lowering class sizes, rehiring thousands of previously laid-off teachers, restoring multiple programs and more. The District also has set aside the equivalent of a 4 percent raise (a 2 percent 2013-14 lump sum and a 2 percent 2014-15 salary increase) for union members this year.
The negotiations covered a range of subjects, including teacher evaluation, student discipline, grievance procedures, teacher transfers, small-learning communities, campus safety, shared-decision making, school-based management and the student records system called My Integrated Student Information System or MISIS. These funds remain committed to the salary increase independent of any MISIS-related initiatives.
“It would be wonderful to come to an agreement soon that balances giving teachers a fair salary increase and keeps the focus on serving our students and empowering our parents and communities,” Ekchian said.
Contact: Lydia Ramos (213) 241-6766