Putting the Needs of Students and School Communities First


LOS ANGELES (Feb. 26, 2015) – The Los Angeles Unified School District and Unit E, Los
Angeles/Orange County Building and Trades Council, which represents skilled craft
professionals, have reached a three-year agreement. The 1,300 employees in Unit E
include electricians, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, etc.

This agreement provides Unit E members a lump-sum payment of 2 percent for the
2013-14 school year and salary increases of 2 percent in 2014-15, 2 percent in 2015-16
and 2.5 percent in 2016-17. Beginning with the 2016-17 school year most Unit E
employees will receive an adjustment based on the prevailing wage set by the California
State Department of Industrial Relations. In addition, there are provisions for the staffing
flexibilities to serve schools with high maintenance needs.

“I want to thank the Building and Trades Council for their professionalism and
dedication to our students,” said Roger Finstad, LAUSD’s Director of Maintenance and
Operations. “This agreement not only allows us to attract and keep the very best and
well-trained employees, it strengthens and prioritizes maintenance and repair services
to those school communities who need it the most.”

“We are pleased to have reached this agreement with the District,” said, Chris Hannan,
Business Representative for the Trades Council. “It brings in a fair and competitive
wage structure to our members and will attract high-quality apprentices to the District. It
is a true win-win and we look forward to bringing this tentative agreement to our
membership for ratification. The Building Trades values our strong relationship with the
District. This relationship, in the end, benefits the students and community.”

The agreement will go into effect upon ratification by unit members and adoption by the
Board of Education.


Contact: Thomas Waldman (213) 241-6166

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