• 2015 Bargaining Update #2

    The LTA Bargaining Team met with the district again on Friday, May 15, 2015. The district presented counter-proposals to our May 1 proposals at Friday’s meeting. Although the district agreed to a number of our minor language clean-up and reorganization proposals, our perspectives proved to be significantly different on key elements of the contract, including work year and hours of employment, class sizes, and special education. We seem to have fundamental disagreements about what funding sources can be used for and what priorities will benefit our teachers and students the most. And, unfortunately, we are very far apart on what we believe a fair increase to salary and benefits would be.

    download text of the district’s May 15 counter-proposals

    Our next meeting is scheduled for May 28, at which point we will present counter-proposals and expect to receive additional proposals and counter-proposals from the district. Despite our disappointment and frustration with the first bargaining session, your team is committed to negotiating with the district in good faith on your behalf and improving the learning environment for students and the working conditions for teachers. We believe our proposals are fair and reasonable and will help meet the needs of teachers and assist the district in the era of Common Core and LCFF/LCAP. It is our desire to reach an agreement before the end of the school year, but not at the expense of achieving important goals that will help our students, benefit our members, and be consistent with the priorities of the Lennox community. After our next meeting with the district, members of the Bargaining Team will be visiting all schools during the weeks of June 1-5 and June 8-12.

    District Counter-Proposal Highlights:

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    • Increase salaries by 1% permanently, plus a one-time, off-the-salary-schedule bonus of 4%
    • No increase in the extra-duty pay rate or health benefits
    • Agree to increase service credit for prior teaching experience to 10 years (but not retroactively)
    • Agree to grant full service credit for all experience in any setting to fully-credentialed Speech and Language Pathologists (but not retroactively), and increase the SLP stipend to $4,000/yr to attract and retain specialists for these hard-to-fill positions

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    • 1-year MOU adding 3 voluntary PD days to the 2015-2016 calendar before school begins (Aug 12-14), paid at $300 per day
    • Reject contractual language guaranteeing a planning period at middle school and weekly preparation time for preschool and elementary teachers
    • Reject LTA proposal eliminating morning yard duty
    • Agree to clarify and reorganize existing language defining the teacher work day, minimum days, super minimum days, and flex calendars, but reject LTA proposals to clarify student start and end times
    • Agree to clarify and reorganize existing language on Back-to-School Night, Open House Night and after-school Parent Conferences, but reject LTA proposals to clarify adjunct duties

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    • 2-year MOU establishing the Class-Size Committee recommended grade-span student-teacher ratios:
      • TK-1 20:1
      • 2-3 24:1
      • 4-5 27:1
      • 6-8 29:1 (no planning period)
    • Reject all class size caps

    ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION

    • Agree to clarify and reorganize existing language on regular ed teachers’ rights regarding student IEPs
    • Reject LTA proposal for more frequent LTA/LSD Special Education Committee meetings
    • Reject caseload caps for SDC teachers and lowering of existing caps for RSP teachers and Speech and Language Pathologists

    download a copy of Bargaining Update #2



  • Candidates Announced for 2015 LTA Election!

    Friday, 5/15/15, was the deadline for candidates to submit their names to have their names appear on the ballot in LTA 2015 election.

    The following is a list of the various positions up for election and the names of the candidates who submitted their names (in CTA alphabetical order):

    Executive Board

    Secretary (1 position, 2-year term)

    • Lisa Rubio

    Treasurer (1 position, 2-year term)

    • Jim Nadler

    Site Representatives

    Buford (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    Felton (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Guadalupe Laguna
    • Natalie Reyes

    Huerta (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Tam Premsrirath

    Jefferson (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Maritza Ohanessian

    Moffett (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Jessica Gomez
    • Priscilla Avila

    LMS (3 positions*, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    * Because the final number of unit members at LMS next year has not been determined yet, the top 3 vote-getters for LMS Site Rep will be seated, and the 4th-place vote getter will serve as “alternate,” and in case a 4th Site Rep is warranted (i.e., in case there are 71+ unit members at LMS next year), the alternate will be seated as the 4th Site Rep with full voting rights.

    Special Education Preschool (1 position, 1-year term)

    • no names submitted

    Teachers on Special Assignment (1 position, 1-year term)

    • no names submitted

    Voting will take place at school sites from Tuesday, May 26 – Thursday, May 28, 2015.

    In case of a tie where there are more tying candidates than available positions, a run-off election will be held.  As always, write-in candidates will be accepted and votes for write-in candidates will be tallied along with votes for declared candidates.  “Winning” candidates will be contacted in order of the number of votes they received, with the candidate receiving the greatest number of votes being contacted and offered the position first.  If several candidates receive the same number of votes, all will be contacted and offered the position at the same time, and if more accept than the number of positions available, a run-off election will be held.



  • 2015 Bargaining Update #1

    The LTA Bargaining Team met with the district on May 1 and presented comprehensive bargaining proposals, after sunshining the four articles that they opened at the school board meeting on March 26. The district also sunshined four articles, although they have not presented concrete proposals yet. The next meeting is scheduled for May 15, at which point we expect to receive written proposals and counter-proposals from the district.

    The LTA team is committed to improving the learning environment for students and the working conditions for teachers in Lennox. We believe the LTA proposals will help meet the needs of teachers and assist the district in the era of Common Core and LCFF/LCAP. It is our desire to reach an agreement before the end of the school year, but not at the expense of achieving important goals that will help our students, benefit our members, and be consistent with the priorities of the Lennox community.

    download the full text of the LTA initial bargaining proposal

    LTA proposal highlights:

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    • Increase salaries by 7%
    • Increase extra-duty rate of pay to $40/hr
    • Increase health benefits across all medical plans, evening out contributions so the district contributes the same amount to the plans of each carrier (currently Kaiser and Health Net), and establish a mechanic so that district contributions to employee-only, employee-plus-one, and family medical plan options all increase each year relative to a reference plan in their own category
    • Increase service credit for prior teaching experience to 10 years
    • Grant full service credit for all experience in any setting to fully-credentialed Speech and Language Pathologists, and increase the SLP stipend to $4,000/yr to attract and retain teachers for these hard-to-fill positions

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    • Add 6 work days to the calendar for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 – 3 before school begins and 3 pupil-free days during the year, paid at the per diem rate; at least 50% of each of these days would be teacher directed time
    • Create contractual language establishing 1 period of preparation time/day for middle school teachers
    • Create contractual language establishing 100 minutes of preparation time/wk for preschool and elementary teachers
    • Eliminate morning yard duty
    • Extend “first Friday” minimum days to all first Fridays, not just 9/yr
    • Clarify and reorganize existing language defining the teacher work day, student start and end times, minimum days, super minimum days, and flex calendars
    • Clarify and reorganize existing language on adjunct duties, as well as Back-to-School Night, Open House Night and after-school Parent Conferences

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    • Create contract language establishing the Class-Size Committee recommended grade span student-teacher ratios:
      • TK-1 20:1
      • 2-3 24:1
      • 4-5 27:1
      • 6-8 29:1 (with a planning period)
    • Create class size maximums, in most cases 2 higher than the average stated above

    ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION

    • Increase teacher input in the district special education program
    • Create caseload caps for SDC teachers, and lower existing caps for RSP teachers and Speech and Language Pathologists
    • Clarify and reorganize existing language on regular ed teachers’ rights regarding student IEPs

    download a copy of Bargaining Update #1



  • LTA 2015-2016 Elections

    It’s almost election time again in the Lennox Teachers Association. This year we will be holding elections for two EBoard positions (Secretary and Treasurer) and all Site Rep positions. Anyone with strong opinions about how we’re doing and an interest in getting more involved in your union should consider running. And if anyone is thinking about running for President or one of the VP positions next year, serving as a Site Rep or as part of EBoard is a great way to get your feet wet.

    For your convenience, here are the LTA Standing Rules on elections, which include full job descriptions and the election timeline.

    Election Standing Rules
    I. Election Timeline and Procedural Components

    1. The timeline, procedural components, voting by mail procedure and the challenge procedure must be established prior to the election. If the unit has year-round schools, more time is needed because mail balloting may be required.

    2. Schools/work sites on alternative calendars shall be considered when setting election timelines.

    3. The election begins with the announcement of vacancy(ies) and terms of office and cannot be stopped until the conclusion of the election, including run-offs if necessary.

    1. Secretary – 2-year term, staggered relative to Pres and VPs [member of the Executive Board]:
    a. Carries on the correspondence pertaining to the affairs of the Association as directed by the President;
    b. Keeps a careful and accurate record of the proceedings of each meeting, regular or special, of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    c. Keeps a careful and accurate roster of meeting attendance and of the membership of all committees;
    d. Is responsible for the distribution of minutes, notices of meetings, and agendas for all meetings to members of the Representative Council and Executive Board, and to the Membership when appropriate;
    e. Is responsible for the formation and distribution of the Association’s calendar of activities; and
    f. Maintains the Association’s webpage and monitors/moderates its social media presence.
    g. Stipend = $500/yr.

    2. Treasurer – 2-year term, staggered relative to Pres and VPs [member of the Executive Board]:
    a. Receives all funds belonging to the Association and is responsible for their safekeeping and accounting;
    b. Pays out such funds upon orders of the President;
    c. Prepares a written financial report for each regular meeting of the Representative Council and Executive Board;
    d. Is responsible for an annual audit of the books of the Association and distributing a summary of this audit to the Membership;
    e. Is responsible for submitting membership and financial reports to CTA, NEA, and other agencies as required by law; and
    f. Files state and federal tax returns for the Association.
    g. Stipend = $500/yr.

    3. Site Representatives – 1-year terms (based on formula in the LTA Bylaws, currently = 2 per elementary site, 3-4 at LMS (depending on the number of positions at LMS next year), 1 at preschool, and 1 for TOSAs for a total of 15-16 positions) [members of the Representative Council]:
    a. Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at the school site;
    b. Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active members;
    c. Represent the views and the input of the Active membership in votes taken in the Representative Council, conducting frequent and regular polls of such membership for this purpose; and
    d. Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.
    e. Stipend = $150/yr.

    4. A Timeline for Elections shall include the following:
    a. Announcement of vacancy(ies) and term(s) of office using a method that will ensure each
member is aware of the opportunity to file a declaration of candidacy;

    Announcement = Mon, 5/4/15

    b. At least fifteen (15) calendar days between the announcement date of the vacancy(ies) and the
date of the election;

    Election = Tues, 5/26/15 – Thurs, 5/28/15 (21 days after announcement)

    c. Place, time and date of receipt (date received, not date postmarked) for declaration of 
candidacy forms;

    Written declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Fri, 5/15/15

    d. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy;

    Candidates will be announced on Fri, 5/15/15, no later than 8pm, via the LTA website

    e. Date for preparation of ballots;

    Ballots will be prepared on Fri, 5/15/15

    f. Date on which ballots will be distributed;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tues, 5/26/15

    g. Date by which to request a ballot;

    Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Thurs, 5/14/15. Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 5/16/15, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline

    h. Date(s) when voting will take place;

    Voting will take place on Tues, 5/26/15 – Thurs, 5/28/15

    i. Deadline date (date received, not date postmarked), time and place for return of ballots;

    Completed ballots must be must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Thurs, 5/28/15. Mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Thurs, 5/28/15

    j. Date, time and place where ballots will be counted, which should be immediately following the 
deadline for receipt of voted ballots;

    Ballots will be counted on Thurs, 5/28/15 at 4:30pm at Jefferson Elementary

    k. Date that announcement of results shall be made to leadership, candidates, members, and 
posted at each work site, which date shall be not later than five (5) calendar days following the 
counting of ballots;

    Results will be posted on the LTA website on Thurs, 5/28/15, no later than 8pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Fri, 5/29/15

    l. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary; and

    Run-off election (if necessary) = Mon, 6/1/15 – Weds, 6/3/15
    Ballots received/counted = Weds, 6/3/15, 4:30pm
    Results announced = Weds, 6/3/15, no later than 8pm

    m. Deadline for filing of challenges to initial election and run-off if held (date received, not date 
postmarked).

    Written challenges must be filed by Tues, 6/19/15 at 8am with by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary.

    5. Procedural Components should include the following:
    a. Method by which Declaration of Candidacy(ies) are submitted (mail, hand delivered, fax);

    Declarations of candidacy must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Fri, 5/15/15. Declarations may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery.

    b. Procedure for distributing election guidelines/rules to candidates;

    Election guidelines and rules will be posted on the LTA website and at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards.

    c. Campaign statement of candidates (decide on limit of number of words, and what to do if limitation is exceeded);

    Candidate statements will be limited to 50 words or less. In case a candidate submits a statement exceeding 50 words, only the first 50 words will be included on the Candidates’ Statement sheet.

    d. Method of distribution of ballots;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tues, 5/26/15. Non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps will make ballots available to members during non-contract hours before school, at lunch and after school on Tues, 5/26/15 – Thurs, 5/28/15.

    Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 5/16/15, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by 4pm on Thurs, 5/14/15. Written requests for mail-in ballots must be received either by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary or delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251].

    e. Whether declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement, or whether the statement will be solicited later. If later, a deadline date must be established;

    Declarations of candidacy must be accompanied by a campaign statement of no more than 50 words, and submitted by the Fri, 5/15/15, 4pm, deadline.

    f. Provision for elections committee chairperson or designee to be present to receive declaration of candidacy by filing deadline;

    Ann Chaffey will be available to receive declarations of candidacy 3:15pm – 4pm on Fri, 5/15/15, at Jefferson Elementary. Declarations may be submitted to Ann Chaffey prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery.

    g. Announce that the names are to be listed according to CTA alphabet;

    Names will be listed according to CTA alphabet.

    h. If not provided in governance documents, election will be decided by majority vote. If a candidate does not receive a majority vote, a run-off election shall be conducted between the candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The names on the ballot will be one (1) more than the number of vacancies to be filled.

    full text of LTA Standing Rules on election for download



  • Local Issues Affect Us All

    After careful deliberation, research, and reaching out to the parties involved, the Representative Council of LTA has decided to take positions on two local issues that have/could have serious consequences for the students, teachers, schools and community of Lennox.

    First, on a petition to transfer approximately 4 blocks of territory from the enrollment area of the Lawndale Elementary School District to the Wiseburn Unified School District:

    Be it hereby resolved that the Lennox Teachers Association, proudly representing the teachers of the Lennox School District, does oppose the petition to transfer territory from the Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) to the Wiseburn Unified School District (WUSD). We believe that this transfer of territory would be detrimental to the students, teachers and community of Lawndale, as well as to the students, teachers and communities of Hawthorne and Lennox, who – like Lawndale – send the majority of our middle school graduates to the Centinela Valley Unified School District (CVUSD).

    The loss of territory would have a negative impact on the LESD and its ability to provide the best-possible educational program to its students. It could also lead to the layoff of a number of highly-qualified Lawndale teachers and require the creation of additional combination classes where students from multiple grade-levels are squeezed together into the same classroom due to a lack of teachers. Similarly, the high schools of the CVUSD could be forced to layoff teachers, reduce course offerings and limit the educational opportunities of the Lawndale, Hawthorne and Lennox students enrolled there.

    The current “choice” agreement between the LESD and the WUSD allows students living in the territory in question to attend school in either district and has served the communities in question well for over 20 years. The LESD has publicly reiterated its commitment to this agreement and so has the WUSD. There is no need to change the boundaries of either school district, thereby increasing the size of the WUSD and reducing the choices available to the families in the neighborhood, half of whom currently choose to attend schools in the LESD. Beyond the negative impact on many residents of the “choice” blocks and the rest of Lawndale, the deleterious effects of transferring territory from the LESD to the WUSD would ripple across Hawthorne, Lennox and the whole of the Centinela Valley Unified School District.

    It is for these reasons that the Lennox Teachers Association opposes the petition to transfer territory from the Lawndale Elementary School District to the Wiseburn Unified School District.

    Second, on a grass-roots effort to recall three members of the Centinela Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education:

    The Lennox Teachers Association, proudly representing the teachers of the Lennox School District, adds its voice to the growing chorus calling for the recall of Centinela Valley Unified School District Board of Education members Maritza Molina, Rocio Pizano and Hugo Rojas. By a unanimous vote of its Representative Council, the Lennox Teachers Association joins the Centinela Valley Secondary Teachers Association and other concerned community members and organizations in the effort to remove those Board members who approved disgraced ex-superintendent Jose Fernandez’s outrageous compensation package and have wasted millions of dollars that could have been better spent on the students of Lennox, Lawndale and Hawthorne who attend the Centinela Valley Unified School District. We urge all registered voters in Lennox, Lawndale and Hawthorne to sign the recall petition, putting the recall on the November 2015 ballot and allowing all Centinela Valley voters to say, “Enough!”

    More information on the recall petition is available at recallcentinelaboard.wordpress.com. Sign it at one of the following local businesses:

    • Hank’s Bistro, at the corner of Rosecrans and Hawthorne Blvd.
    • Mark’s Barbershop, at 13913 Inglewood Ave.
    • Corner Burger, at the corner of 147th and Hawthorne Blvd.

    Or look for it any number of community events where dedicated volunteers will be more then happy to collect your signature!