2018 LTA Scholarships

The Lennox Teachers Association is pleased to announce two scholarship opportunities for Lennox students!

The LTA Mary Davis Scholarship
• Named for long-time School Board member and reading advocate, Mary Davis.
• Four $100.00 scholarships to purchase books for summer reading and high school.
• Open to all 8th graders attending Lennox Middle School.
• Award recipients will be notified in June 2018, and awards will be presented at the Lennox Middle School end-of-the-year award ceremony.

application

flyer

The LTA High School Scholarship
• Two $1,000.00 scholarships to help with college/university expenses.
• Open to all high school seniors (regardless of legal residency status) who graduated from Lennox Middle School and are currently living within the Lennox School District boundaries.
• Students must be in good standing and must be enrolled in a college/university by the Fall of 2018.
• Criteria for selecting award candidates will include academic and leadership achievements.
• Award recipients will be notified by mid May 2018, and awards will be presented at recipients’ high school end-of-the-year award ceremonies.

application

flyer

All applications are due Saturday, May 5, 2018, mailed to:

LTA Scholarship Committee
Lennox Teachers Association
P.O. Box 2231
Hawthorne, CA 90251

Application received after the deadline WILL NOT be accepted.

Attached are the applications for each scholarship, as well as flyers you can post to help publicize the scholarships.  Please help spread the word and encourage eligible Lennox students to apply!

Lennox Teachers Association
Supporting Teachers, Supporting Students

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LTA 2018 Spring Elections – Announcement of Vacancies

Announcing the following vacancies in Lennox Teachers Association leadership and governance:

President – 2-year term [member of the Executive Board]; duties:

  • Be the official spokesperson for the Association;
  • Be familiar with the governance documents of the Association, CTA and NEA;
  • Call meetings of the Association, the Representative Council and the Executive Board;
  • Prepare the agenda for the meetings of the Association, the Representative Council and the Executive Board;
  • Preside at all meetings of the Association, the Representative Council and the Executive Board;
  • Appoint the chairperson, all members of the Bargaining Team and alternates, with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year;
  • Appoint the chairperson, treasurer and all members of the Political Action Committee with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year;
  • Appoint the chairperson and all members of the Elections Committee with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year;
  • Appoint chairpersons and members of all other committees with the majority approval of the Executive Board at the beginning of each school year or upon formation of the committee;
  • Suggest policies, plans and activities for the Association, and be held responsible for the progress and work of the Association;
  • Attend meetings of the Service Center Council of which the Association is a part; and
  • Attend other CTA/NEA meetings as directed by the Representative Council.
  • Stipend = $3,000/yr. + up to 40% release time, as determined by Rep Council

Vice-President of Contractual Affairs – 2-year term [member of the Executive Board]:

  • Serve as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President (i.e., serve as “First” Vice-President);
  • Serve as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President; and
  • Serve as chairperson of the Grievance Committee and keep an accurate record of all grievances.
  • Stipend = $750/yr.

Vice-President of Curricular Affairs – 2-year term [member of the Executive Board]; duties:

  • Serve as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
  • Assume the duties of the President in the absence of the President and the Vice-President of Contractual Affairs (i.e., serve as “Second” Vice-President);
  • Serve as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President; and
  • Serve as chairperson of the Membership Committee and keep an accurate roster of the Membership.
  • Stipend = $750/yr.

Secretary – 1-year term (fills vacancy for the remainder of a current 2-year term) [member of the Executive Board]; duties:

  • Carries on the correspondence pertaining to the affairs of the Association as directed by the President;
  • Keeps a careful and accurate record of the proceedings of each meeting, regular or special, of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
  • Keeps a careful and accurate roster of meeting attendance and of the membership of all committees;
  • 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;
  • Is responsible for the formation and distribution of the Association’s calendar of activities; and
  • Maintains the Association’s webpage and monitors/moderates its social media presence.
  • Stipend = $750/yr.

Site Representatives – 1-year terms (based on formula in the LTA Bylaws, currently = 2 per elementary site, 4 at LMS, 1 at preschool, and 1 for TOSAs for a total of 16 positions) [members of the Representative Council]; duties:

  • Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at the school site;
  • Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active members;
  • 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
  • Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.
  • Stipend = $200/yr. + an additional $50/yr. if re-elected to consecutive terms after the first.

download Declaration of Candidacy form

download complete election timeline and procedures

download CTA 2017-2018 Local Elections Manual

Election deadlines and timeline:

  1. 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 = Fri, 4/13/18
  2. At least fifteen (15) calendar days between the announcement date of the vacancy(ies) and the date of the election – Election = Wed, 5/2/18 – Wed, 5/4/18 (19 days after announcement)
  3. 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, 4/27/18
  4. Final date to acknowledge candidates’ declaration of candidacy – Candidates will be announced on Fri, 4/27/18, no later than 8pm, via the LTA website
  5. Date for preparation of ballots – Ballots will be prepared on Sat, 4/28/18
  6. Date on which ballots will be distributed – Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Wed, 5/2/18
  7. 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, 4/26/18.  Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 4/28/18, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline
  8. Date(s) when voting will take place – Voting will take place on Weds, 5/2/18 – Fri, 5/4/18
  9. Deadline date (date received, not date postmarked), time and place for return of ballots – Completed ballots must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Wed, 5/2/18.  Mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Wed, 5/2/18
  10. 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 Fri, 5/4/18 at 4:30pm at Jefferson Elementary
  11. 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 Fri, 5/4/18, no later than 8pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Mon, 5/7/18
  12. Dates and timelines for run-off election, if necessary – Run-off election (if necessary) = Wed, 5/9/18 – Fri, 5/11/18; Ballots received/counted = Fri, 5/11/18, 4:30pm; Results announced = Fri, 5/11/18, no later than 8pm
  13. 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, 5/14/18 at 8am with Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary.

Procedural components include the following:

  1. Method by which Declaration of Candidacy(ies) are submitted (mail, hand delivered, fax) – Declarations of candidacy (form) must be received by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary by 4pm on Fri, 4/27/18.  Declarations may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Method of distribution of ballots – Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Wed, 5/2/18.  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 Weds, 5/2/18 – Fri, 5/4/18; Mail-in ballots will be sent via regular mail on Sat, 4/28/18, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by 4pm on Thurs, 4/26/18.  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].
  5. 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, 4/27/18, 4pm, deadline.
  6. 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, 4/27/18, at Jefferson Elementary.  Declarations (form) may be submitted to Ann Chaffey prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery.
  7. Announce that the names are to be listed according to CTA alphabet – Names will be listed according to CTA alphabet.
  8. 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 run-off ballot will be one (1) more than the number of vacancies to be filled.

For more information on election rules and timelines, including campaign Do’s and Dont’s, please refer to the LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules and the CTA 2017-2018 Local Elections Manual.

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2017-2018 Bargaining Update #8

Incremental Progress

On Monday, April 9, the LTA Bargaining Team, led by veteran negotiator Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and including Priscilla Avila (Moffett), Justin Catalan (TOSA), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff), met with the LSD team, made up of Hiacynth Martinez (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Eddie Garcia (Pupil Services), Lissett Pichardo (LMS principal) and Steve Andelson (attorney) for a full-day bargaining session.  This was the seventh meeting between the two teams this negotiations cycle.

Negotiations thus far have produced several significant gains for teachers – additional release time for many classroom and assignment changes, evaluations up to every 4 years for veteran teachers, clarification of the course approval process – but there are still several outstanding issues where the two teams have not yet reached consensus, the first and foremost of which is agreeing on a fair and reasonable salary increase for teachers.  LTA began negotiations proposing a 4% salary increase for teachers, based on the district’s reserves as reported in the July 2017 LSD Budget.  In January, the district proposed a 1% salary increase, based on a revised estimate of their reserves as reported in the December 2017 1st Interim Report on the budget.  The 2nd Interim Report on the budget was presented in March 2018 and continues to show district reserves meeting the minimum levels required by the state with very little additional money to spare.  CTA staff and LTA leadership have reviewed the district’s budget and believe it to be accurate (no money hidden in secret accounts, no projections grossly exaggerated to make it seem like there is less money than there really is, etc.).  Unfortunately – from a bargaining perspective – the district is already spending all of the money it gets from local, state and federal governments on students, programs and staff and there is very little “left over” for a raise.  Next year, however, state funding is projected to increase again, and that money has not been committed yet, which is why the district has proposed paying out whatever salary increase is finally agreed upon for this year beginning July 2018 (with a retro check going back to July 2017).  The LTA Bargaining Team also sees this as the path to the largest possible salary increase for teachers and has included a July 2018 start date (with a retro check going back to July 2017) in our latest proposals as well.

So, where are we on salary?  The district has increased their proposal to a 2% raise for this year, with 1% being permanent and 1% being a one-time payment.  In return, considering the district’s current limited reserves but taking into account the probability of increased funding next year, your LTA Bargaining Team adjusted our proposal to a 3% permanent salary increase.  Your LTA Bargaining Team feels that the entire salary increase should be permanent because one-time salary increases would need to be renegotiated again next year, but they take the district’s willingness to stretch beyond their initial 1% proposal as a good sign and look forward to receiving the district’s latest proposal at the next bargaining session.

The other issue that remains largely unresolved at this point is the calculation of class sizes, specifically whether or not all students with IEPs should appear on general ed teachers’ rosters and be factored into calculations of their class sizes, whether or not small SpEd classes should be included in calculations of overall class-size averages at LMS, and whether or not the grade-level and grade-span averages for the SEI and DL programs should be calculated separately to prevent large discrepancies in class sizes and negative impacts on students not enrolled in DL.  There has been good discussion on this, both at the bargaining table and at School Board meetings, and both teams seem to be closer to a common understanding of the problem.  Agreeing to contractual or even MOU language to resolve the issue, however, has proven to be a challenge, and in the interest of not delaying an agreement on salary or other settled issues, the LTA Bargaining Team has proposed forming of a committee made up of 5 teachers and 5 administrators who would further explore differences in SEI vs. DL class sizes and the impact of SpEd on class sizes outside of the formal bargaining process, and then make recommendations to the two bargaining teams.  We have actually had great success in recent years using joint committees to tackle problems that were too technical to be resolved effectively in the adversarial bargaining setting, things like establishing limits on adjunct duties, allocating the initial Common Core implementation money, creating an elementary PE program that also provides classroom teachers with planning time, and establishing a planning period at LMS for the first time ever.  The LTA Bargaining Team believes that this is the best way to finally resolve these issue around class sizes and foster teacher and learning environments that will better serve our students and teachers.

Summary Of Areas Where Consensus Has Been Reached:

ARTICLE 3: ASSOCIATION RIGHTS

  • District will provide all newly hired teachers with a 1/2-day new employee orientation within the first month of school, of which 1 hour will be reserved for LTA to meet with the new bargaining unit members [in response to the recently-passed SB 104 guaranteeing unions access to new bargaining unit members]; district will also inform LTA of all new certificated hires during the year so the Association can reach out to new bargaining unit members.
  • District will provide LTA with new teacher contact information within 30 days of hiring.

ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • Establish a consistent benefits enrollment window, ending August 31 of each year.

ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Add AM and PM transitional kindergarten dismissal times to the contract. [WITHDRAWN BY DISTRICT]

ARTICLE 8: ASSIGNMENTS & TRANSFERS

  • Teachers will be notified of next year’s assignment 6 days prior to the last day of school (rather than 5 days prior).
  • Teachers who request and are granted voluntary transfers that take effect during the school year shall receive 1 day of release time to pack and unpack (previously 0 days); teachers who are subject to involuntary transfers shall receive 2 days of release time to pack and unpack (previously 1 day).
  • Teachers subject to room changes during the school year shall receive 5 days’ notice and 2 days of release time to pack and unpack (previously 1 day); teachers subject to assignment changes (but not room changes) during the school year shall receive 5 days’ notice and 1 day of release time to prepare (previously 0 days).
  • LTA withdraws proposal requiring district to fly all TOSA and certificated management vacancies, and district withdraws proposal to eliminate the requirement to fly any TOSA and certificated management vacancies; current language requiring the district to fly TOSA and certificated management vacancies “under most circumstances” will remain.

ARTICLE 10: LEAVE PROVISIONS

  • Update parental leave language to be consistent with current CA EdCode.

ARTICLE 11: EVALUATION

  • Teachers who have been with the district for 10 or more years and whose previous evaluation was satisfactory or better may, by mutual agreement between the teacher and principal, be evaluated every 4 years (rather than the current “every 3 years”).

ARTICLE 17: PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL FOR COURSEWORK

  • Course Work Approval forms must be submitted for approval 14 calendar days before courses begin, and transcripts must be submitted within 3 weeks of course completion. In cases where forms transcripts are not submitted on time, advancement on the salary schedule shall not take place until the beginning of the school year following submission of all paperwork.
  • University and continuing education credits offered at district-approved conferences shall be eligible for salary advancement credit without additional prior approval.

The two teams are scheduled to continue bargaining on Monday, May 7th.  As always, thank you all for your continued patience and support.  The LTA Bargaining Team appreciate your words of encouragement and gratitude and when you who wear your LTA shirts on bargaining days!

download LTA Proposals, 11 am

download LSD Proposals, 12 pm

download LTA Proposals, 1 pm

download LTA Proposals, Committee

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2017-2018 Bargaining Update #7

On Tuesday, February 6, the LTA Bargaining Team, led by veteran negotiator Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and including Priscilla Avila (Moffett), Justin Catalan (TOSA), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff), met with the LSD team, made up of Hiacynth Martinez (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Eddie Garcia (Pupil Services), Lissett Pichardo (LMS principal) and Steve Andelson (attorney) for a full-day bargaining session.  It was the district’s turn to present proposals.  This was the sixth meeting between the two teams this negotiations cycle.

Negotiations thus far have produced several significant gains for teachers – additional time for most classroom and assignment changes, evaluations up to every 4 years for veteran teachers, clarification of the course approval process – but there are also several outstanding issues where the two teams have not yet reached consensus, particularly with regard to a fair and reasonable teacher salary increase, guaranteed the flying of all certificated positions (including certificated management positions), and fine-tuning class-size language to protect students in SEI and DL language programs and students with IEPs who are general ed students first and foremost and belong on general ed rosters.

LSD Proposal Highlights:

ARTICLE 3: ASSOCIATION RIGHTS

  • District will provide all newly hired teachers with a 1/2-day new employee orientation within the first month of school, of which 1 hour will be reserved for LTA to meet with the new bargaining unit members [in response to the recently-passed SB 104 guaranteeing unions access to new bargaining unit members]; district will also inform LTA of all new certificated hires during the year so the Association can reach out to new bargaining unit members. [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]
  • District will provide LTA with new teacher contact information within 30 days of hiring. [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]

ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • 1% permanent salary increase, retroactive to July 1, 2017, to be paid in July 2018. [ONGOING]

ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Add AM and PM transitional kindergarten dismissal times to the contract. [WITHDRAWN BY DISTRICT]

ARTICLE 8: ASSIGNMENTS & TRANSFERS

  • Teachers will be notified of next year’s assignment 6 days prior to the last day of school (rather than 5 days prior). [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]
  • Teachers who request and are granted voluntary transfers that take effect during the school year shall receive 1 day of release time to pack and unpack (previously 0 days); teachers who are subject to involuntary transfers shall receive 2 days of release time to pack and unpack (previously 1 day). [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]
  • Teachers subject to room changes during the school year shall receive 5 days’ notice and 2 days of release time to pack and unpack (previously 1 day); teachers subject to assignment changes (but not room changes) during the school year shall receive 5 days’ notice and 1 day of release time to prepare (previously 0 days). [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]
  • District still seeks to eliminate the contractual requirement to fly certificated management vacancies. [ONGOING]

ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZES

  • District wishes to maintain current contract language on class sizes and rejects new language requiring parity between DL and SEI classes, requiring that students with IEPs appear on the rosters of their Gen Ed teachers to avoid overcrowding, and requiring that SpEd classes not be part of the calculation when determining class-size averages at LMS; district argues that further analysis of the issue is necessary. [ONGOING]

ARTICLE 10: LEAVE PROVISIONS

  • Update parental leave language to be consistent with current CA EdCode. [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]

ARTICLE 11: EVALUATION

  • Teachers who have been with the district for 10 or more years and whose previous evaluation was satisfactory or better may, by mutual agreement between the teacher and principal, be evaluated every 4 years (rather than the current “every 3 years”). [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]

ARTICLE 17: PRIOR WRITTEN APPROVAL FOR COURSEWORK

  • Course Work Approval forms must be submitted for approval 14 calendar days before courses begin, and transcripts must be submitted within 3 weeks of course completion. In cases where forms transcripts are not submitted on time, advancement on the salary schedule shall not take place until the beginning of the school year following submission of all paperwork.  [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]
  • University and continuing education credits offered at district-approved conferences shall be eligible for salary advancement credit without additional prior approval. [CONSENSUS REACHED √ ]

The full text of all LTA and district proposals can be viewed or downloaded here:

LSD Proposal, Articles 6 & 8, 2/6/18, 9 AM

LTA Proposal, Article 3, 2/6/18, 10 AM

LSD Proposal, Article 6 & 8, 2/6/18, 11 AM

LSD Proposal, Article 3, 2/6/18, 11 AM

LSD Proposal, Article 17, 2/6/18, 11 AM

LSD Proposal, Article 7, 2/6/18, 12 PM

LSD Proposal, Article 8, 2/6/18, 12 PM

LSD Proposal, Article 8, 2/6/18, 1 PM

Regarding salary, you’ll recall that LTA’s proposal for a 4% salary increase was based on the district’s June 13, 2017 proposed budget.  At that time, the district projected a 5.99% reserve for the 2017-2018 school year.  California school districts must maintain a 3% reserve, so a 5.99% reserve meant the district had approximately 3%, or about $2 million dollars in “available reserve.”  To increase teacher salaries (as well as those of classified employees, whose salaries generally go up at the same rate as teachers’) by 1% costs about $500,000, so with $2 million, the district could afford to could raise salaries by about 4%.

Since June, the district has gotten a better idea of what it’s actual revenues and expenses will be this year and reported its revised budget on December 15, 2017 in its 1st Interim Report.  In the 1st Interim, the district revised its projection of reserves down to 3.09%, leaving only 0.09%, or about $60,000, available.  How does that happen, and where did the rest of the $2 million go?  First, the district’s revenue estimates have been decreased by about $1 million.  The June budget’s revenue estimates predicted the enrollment of approximately 400 students in the district’s new “Virtual Academy,” generating about $2 million, but actual enrollment this year has been closer to 200 students, resulting in revenues of about $1 million less than hoped for.  (BTW, actually physical enrollment in our real brick-and-mortar schools continues to be strong and is increasing, albeit at a slower rate than the Virtual Academy.)

Second, the district’s projected expenses have been increased by approximately $1 million.  To a certain extent, adjustments to expenses are a normal part of the budget process as the year progresses, and $1 million is less than 1.5% of the district’s total overall budget, but still, this is something the LTA Bargaining Team is looking into further.  Taken together, $1 million less in income and $1 million more in costs pretty much clears the district’s available reserves above the required 3%.  The district’s 2nd Interim Report will be presented on March 13, 2018 and will represent a better estimate of the district’s actual financial situation (because 2/3 of the year will have passed as opposed to just 1/3, and other monies can now be factored in as well).  The LTA Bargaining Team will analyze that report, too, as soon as it becomes available.  If the 2nd Interim shows a better financial picture, we’ll be able to argue that those monies should go to students and teachers.  But if the 2nd Interim continues to show (and CTA and the LTA Bargaining Team verify) that the district’s reserves really are close to 3%… then there simply won’t be as much available money to go after and our Bargaining Team will have to adjust their proposals and priorities accordingly.  Rest assured, though, that our Bargaining Team understands how hard Lennox teachers work as well as the financial strains many teachers are experiencing, and will pursue the largest sustainable pay increases possible, along with other less costly changes in contract language that will improve teacher working conditions and quality of life.

The two teams are scheduled to continue bargaining on Monday, April 9th.

Download LTA Bargaining Update #7

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2017-2018 Bargaining Update #6

District Offers 1%

On Monday, January 22nd, the LTA Bargaining Team, led by veteran negotiator Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and including Priscilla Avila (Moffett), Justin Catalan (TOSA), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff), met with the LSD team, made up of Hiacynth Martinez (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Eddie Garcia (Pupil Services), Lissett Pichardo (LMS principal) and Steve Andelson (attorney) for a half-day bargaining session.  This was the fifth meeting between the two teams this negotiations cycle.

The district shared its latest financial report, the 2017-2018 1st Interim Report.  The 1st Interim projects lower-than-expected revenues (due mostly to lower-than-hoped-for enrollment growth) and higher-than-expected expenses for this year, which means the available reserves are lower than projected last June.  In response to LTA’s 4% salary increase proposal made at the previous bargaining session, the district verbally proposed a 1% increase for the 2017-2018 school year, to be paid as a lump sum in July 2018.

In addition to the district’s salary proposal, Dr. Eric Medrano (Director of Special Education) met with both teams to discuss LTA’s proposals for including students with IEPs on general ed teachers’ rosters to prevent overcrowding due to inclusion.

The two teams are scheduled to continue the compensation conversation on Tuesday, February 6th.  As always, thank you all for your continued patience and support.  We appreciate your words of encouragement and when you who wear your LTA shirts on bargaining days!

No written proposals were exchanged this meeting, but the full text of all previous LTA and district proposals can be viewed in previous posts below.

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