L.A. Unified and CSEA, Local Chapter 500 Reach Agreement

LOS ANGELES (March 20, 2015) – The Los Angeles Unified School District and the California School Employees Association Local Chapter 500 (CSEA), which represents 3,900 office technicians, library aides, financial managers and other professional clerical and office employees of the District, have reached a three-year successor agreement.

This agreement provides union members with access to new employee orientation; participation in an evaluation pilot; improvement in processes through payroll optimization and provides members with important protections with respect to layoffs.
Additionally, members will receive a 2 percent salary increase in 2014-15, a 2 percent increase in 2015-16 with a living wage adjustment to $13 an hour for those that make less than $13 an hour and a 2.5 percent in 2016-17 with a living wage adjustment to $15 an hour for those that make less than $15 an hour. The agreement allows for a salary reopener option in cases where other units negotiate and receive a higher base salary amount.

“I want to thank CSEA for their professionalism and dedication to our students. This agreement continues to honor our joint commitment to serve the students in our District while at the same time respecting the rights of our employees,” said Vivian Ekchian, L.A. Unified’s chief labor negotiator.

The union’s negotiating team released this statement: “In the ongoing spirit of collaboration between the California School Employees Association, Local Chapter 500 and LAUSD, we have reached a very historic agreement that honors the rights of employees while educating students.”

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

Photo: Members of the union’s and District’s negotiating teams.
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