LAUSD Agrees with UTLA’s Declaration of Impasse

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The Los Angeles Unified School District agrees with United Teachers Los Angeles’ stated intention to declare an impasse in ongoing contract negotiations. The District’s offer of a 5 percent pay raise retroactive to July 1, 2014, along with proposals on evaluations, class sizes, and parent engagement, are public and ready to be implemented.

“I’ve been disappointed and frustrated by the lack of progress toward an agreement,” said Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. “It’s my hope that the appointment of a mediator will lead to an expeditious settlement that ultimately supports our students and the District at large.”

Proposals from the District and the union remain more than $800 million apart. To this point, L.A. Unified has repeatedly requested for the union to accurately identify additional ongoing sources of funding. The District invites the opportunity for independent review of our books to demonstrate that given budget realities, our 5 percent salary increase is fair and generous. 

As before, District negotiators would like to conclude an agreement at the table. Perhaps, with the active participation of a mediator, UTLA will have a sense of urgency, which considers our fiscal reality.

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