At least the principals won’t be going on strike.
The Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) overwhelming ratified new labor contracts with LA Unified for two groups of employees, ensuring that school leaders will remain on campus even as district teachers continue negotiations and threaten to walk off the job.
“It’s as decisive as it can be,” AALA president Judy Perez, said of the votes.
“Our members have been eagerly awaiting a raise for seven years. They recognize the district has been in severe financial straits due to the recession, and we’re glad we can move forward,” she told LA School Report.
Nearly 90 percent of active principals and assistant principals voted to approve their new contract, giving them a 2 percent lump sum payment for last year, a 2 percent raise for the school year that’s about to begin and next year, and a 2.5 percent increase for 2016-17. Among district managers, 95 percent agreed to the same deal.
The district announced new contracts with two other labor groups.
Police Officers, Detectives and School Safety Officers who belong to the Los Angeles School Police Association (LASPA), agreed to a three year salary raise deal starting in 2014-15; and Teamsters Local 572, whose members include school administrative assistants, cafeteria managers, area operations supervisors and bus supervisors approved a similar contract with a bonus payment for the last year.
The specific terms of those deals were not announced.
“This is terrific news,” the district’s Chief Labor Negotiator Vivian Ekchian said, referring to all the new agreements. “It means that the membership is in tune with the District’s message of putting students first.”
So far, LAUSD has reached accords with nine bargaining units. That leaves UTLA as the largest of the district’s labor partners without a contract.
In a statement sent out today district officials said, “We look forward to UTLA leadership continuing to join District negotiators at the table to make this a reality.”