Los Angeles Unified reaches tentative agreement with California School Employees Association

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) have reached a tentative agreement for a three-year contract covering about 3,800 employees.

Combined with agreements previously reached with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA), the District has now reached agreements with nearly 60 percent of its workforce.

The CSEA tentative agreement is retroactive to July 1, 2017, and provides for raises of 2 percent for each of the three years of the contract. The union represents office technicians, library aides, financial managers and other professional clerical and office employees. 

“This contract is a testament to our deep commitment to all of Los Angeles Unified’s employees, and our desire to reach fair agreements with all of our bargaining units so that we can focus our efforts on educating students,” said Superintendent Austin Beutner. “We appreciate the dedication of the District and CSEA negotiating teams in reaching a resolution.”

“We are happy to be able to submit an agreement to our membership that secures wage increases and additional protections reflective of the extraordinary work CSEA members provide the District,” said CSEA Los Angeles Chapter 500 President Letetsia Fox.

“While we did not make progress on every single priority of ours in negotiations, this agreement meets the interests of hundreds of CSEA members who communicated with us both before and during the bargaining process," she said. "This agreement reflects the power of collective bargaining and our union’s commitment to our mission – to improve the lives of our members, students, and community. We look forward to what we hope will be a healthy relationship with the District now that we have reached a tentative agreement, but we will remain vigilant and strong in protecting our members.”

The contract is scheduled for a formal vote next month by the Board of Education and by CSEA membership. On Aug. 21, the Board is also tentatively scheduled to vote on a three-year agreement with AALA. It already has approved the contract with SEIU.

“We are very pleased to continue to see positive results from our labor-management, solution-focused negotiations,” said Board President Mónica García. “I want to thank all parties at Los Angeles Unified and CSEA who worked to create positive movement for this tentative agreement. Well done, leaders.” 

“I am grateful to the employees of this District who put kids first, every day, in our schools,” said Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. “Only by making responsible financial decisions can we support our dedicated employees to serve students with the resources they need.” 

“Our CSEA members are valued and trusted professionals who are integral to effective school operations,” said Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna III. “We are pleased to have reached a favorable agreement with this employee group.”

“As a teacher, counselor and administrator, I have worked closely with CSEA employees at my schools and continue to do so as a board member. I am pleased that CSEA negotiated the best agreement possible because the members are a critical part of the Los Angeles Unified family and keep the District moving,” said Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson. “At our schools, they are very often the first person with whom our parents, students and community members interact. CSEA, thank you for all you do!”

“Our employees are the strongest asset we have to support our students’ learning, and I am glad to see an agreement with our partners at CSEA,” said Board Member Kelly Gonez. “This deal recognizes their important contribution while reflecting the financial challenges we are facing.” 

“With this agreement, Los Angeles Unified is taking the steps to finalize the vital component of labor peace before the start of the school year,” said Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic. “This agreement is fiscally responsible and also ensures our employees’ need are addressed.”