JUST IN: Teachers union, LAUSD reach tentative contract agreement
United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the second largest teachers union in the country, has reached a tentative agreement with LA Unified, according to an announcement issued by UTLA late last night. The new contract would includes a 10 percent raise over two years, likely bringing to an end the threat of a strike that has...
By Craig Clough | April 18, 2015
Still far apart, teachers union, LA Unified agree to declare an impasse
The possibility of a strike by Los Angeles teachers loomed larger today as the teachers union, UTLA, declared an impasse in negotiations with LA Unified, citing a lack of progress in bargaining since the talks began last year. The district agreed and said it would join the union with “reluctant willingness” in asking the state...
By LA School Report | February 18, 2015
Teachers stage district-wide protest as LAUSD holds firm on money
The LA Unified teachers staged one of its biggest “escalations” yet in support of their demands in a new contract from the district, staging demonstrations at schools across the district. The teachers union, UTLA, said “virtually every school was participating” in protests that lasted 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the school. “These people have...
By LA School Report | February 12, 2015
LA Unified increases salary offer to teachers, but does it really?
LA Unified today revised its salary offer to the teachers union today, increasing the level of raises to 5 percent, one percent above its previous offer. But the additional money for professional development that was included in the earlier offer, which the district had valued at another 2 percent, was not part of the new...
By Michael Janofsky | February 5, 2015
Teachers, LA Unified in last bargaining session of the year
The teachers union, UTLA, and LA Unified officials will be back at it today, for the last contract negotiations of the year. The final bargaining session has no set agenda, but Vivian Ekchian, the district’s Chief Labor Negotiator, told LA School Report salary discussions are likely to be front and center. To that end, the...
By Vanessa Romo | December 16, 2014
JUST IN: LA Unified increases salary offer to UTLA
* UPDATED LA Unified today increased its salary offer to the teachers union, UTLA, offering a one-year deal with a 6 percent increase. The district said in a press release the money would be distributed through a 2 percent ongoing salary increase retroactive to July 1; a 2 percent lump-sum payment based on 2013-14 earnings;...
By LA School Report | December 4, 2014
UTLA adds to contract demands in latest talks with LA Unified
LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, met in another bargaining session today, but from the union’s perspective, not much happened to draw the sides closer. The union announced late this afternoon that it was “rounding out” its list of demands, to include supports for displaced educators, improved UTLA representation for substitute educators facing termination,...
By LA School Report | November 14, 2014
LAUSD says teacher contract demands unaffordable, union disagrees
In the latest disagreement between contract negotiators for LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, the district says the teachers’ latest salary demand would cost way more than the district can afford while the union president charged that the district could afford it, if the district had the right spending priorities. The new demand of...
By Vanessa Romo | October 10, 2014
UTLA highlights contract demands on ‘Big Red Tuesday’
To commemorate “Big Red Tuesday,” United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) President Alex Caputo-Pearl used a sidewalk press conference at Thomas Starr King Middle School this morning to outline yet again the union’s contract demands from LA Unified. UTLA encouraged teachers and supporters all around the district to wear red to campuses, and as he spoke, Caputo-Pearl was flanked by...
By Craig Clough | September 30, 2014
UTLA plans ‘Big Red Tuesday’ and monthly ‘escalating actions’
As part of a plan to increase pressure on LA Unified as it negotiates for a new contract, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) is planning monthly “actions” to take place on campuses around the district. In preparation for the actions, which are to begin in October, UTLA is dubbing Tuesday, Sept. 30 as “Big Red Tuesday,”...
By Craig Clough | September 25, 2014