LOS ANGELES (Dec. 4, 2014) – The Los Angeles Unified School District raised its salary offer to teachers today, proposing a 6 percent increase in a one-year deal during day-long negotiations between the nation’s second-largest school district and the union representing its teachers.
L.A. Unified offered members of United Teachers Los Angeles a 2 percent ongoing salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2014; a 2 percent lump-sum payment based on 2013-14 earnings; and a 2 percent one-time payment for the 2014-15 school year to be paid at the end of this school year.
The latest offer represents a significant change from earlier offers. The District had been proposing a 8.6 percent raise over a three-year period.
L.A. Unified asked union officials to accept the latest raise immediately, without waiting to resolve other non-salary issues through further negotiations, said Vivian Ekchian, the District’s chief labor negotiator. While discussions on salary adjustments for 2015-16 and 2016-17 would continue, employees could begin enjoying their well-deserved pay raises.
The District would pay for the salary increases by redirecting money set aside for health benefits of current employees when they retire, a program with unfunded liabilities of $11 billion.
But the District also faces difficult financial challenges. A projected $326 million deficit looms for 2015-16, which could lead to cutbacks in services and personnel, according to a District financial analysis.
In other matters, the District and union discussed the Union’s Public School Accountability proposal whereby the District counter-proposed with a multi-year plan that aims to improve educational programs and learning environments; raise student achievement and improve accountability; achieve equity of learning opportunities for all students; and to improve communications with parents and community.
Ekchian stated, “I appreciated the comprehensive discussion we had on the subjects today and look forward to continued discussion on the matters”.
Negotiations are expected to resume December 16 between the two sides.
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