Los Angeles Unified reaches tentative agreement With Associated Administrators of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (July 20, 2018) - The Los Angeles Unified School District and Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) reached a tentative agreement Friday for a three-year contract covering approximately 2,500 certificated administrators.

The tentative agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2017, and guarantees raises for the first year; wage supplements the second year, which can turn into permanent raises, depending on the financial health of the District; and limited reopeners for the third year. With raises totaling 6 percent, the contract is scheduled for a formal vote next month by the Board of Education and by AALA membership.

“This agreement demonstrates Los Angeles Unified’s commitment to its employees,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner. “It affirms the value we place on our administrators, who help lead our efforts to provide a great education for every student. I appreciate the hard work of the District and AALA negotiating teams in reaching a fair resolution.”

“The Associated Administrators of Los Angeles is pleased negotiations have concluded, allowing all of us to focus on our most important work – improved student achievement every day,” said AALA President Juan Flecha. “While we always wish we had been able to win everything we set out for at the start, AALA is proud we were able to move the District on important issues facing front-line managers. AALA looks forward to sharing the tentative agreement with the membership, an expedited ratification process, and being of continued service to the Los Angeles Unified community.”

“Thanks to the collaboration the District’s labor team and AALA, this agreement addresses the issues raised by our employees and rewards the hard work and commitment of our administrators to the students and families of Los Angeles Unified,” said Board President Mónica García.

“After having visited over 150 schools and met individually with over 300 dedicated administrators of Board District 4, I have the on-the-ground belief that great school leaders make possible the high-quality learning that we envision for every L.A. Unified student,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “This June, I fought to make sure that school sites were able to keep their ‘carryover funds’ – money that principals had saved for the individual needs of their schools. To ensure that all principals have the resources they need for our students, we need to make responsible financial decisions that ensure that money goes where it belongs: in schools. We must make responsible financial decisions so that our dedicated administrators can focus on putting kids first in our schools.”

“I am pleased with the tentative agreement between the District and our administrators,” said Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III. “They are critical leaders and partners in the educational mosaic.” 

"As a retired Los Angeles Unified administrator, I congratulate AALA and the District for negotiating a successful agreement that honors the dedication and tireless efforts of our school-site leaders and the administrators who support them,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “I will continue to call on my colleagues to pursue the additional revenue that we need to restore much-needed assistant principals and ensure accountability and the quality education that our children deserve."

“Our District’s employees are our greatest asset,” said Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez. “This agreement ensures our schools are dynamic and operational and that we can continue to serve our students. I am grateful for it.”

“Our school leaders and administrators are vital to the success of our schools and students,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “I’m glad this agreement acknowledges the value they bring to Los Angeles Unified, which recognizes the ongoing financial challenges we face due to continued underinvestment in public education from the State of California.” 

“I am happy to see this agreement with our administrative labor partners worked out before the beginning of the school year,” said Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic. “As ever, it is vital that we ensure our employees are taken care of in a fiscally responsible manner and provide for labor peace before classes open to our students.”  

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