• 2015 Bargaining Update #4 – Tentative Agreement!

    We have a tentative agreement!

    Your LTA Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with the district.

    Tentative Agreement Highlights

    (download the complete text of the Tentative Agreement here)

     

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    ·       Increase salaries by 4% permanently plus a 1% off-schedule bonus paid in July to continuing employees (i.e., not for new hires next year), for a total salary increase of 9% over the last two years, with a 1% “bonus” each year

    ·       Increase extra-duty hourly pay rate to $36/hr

    ·       One-time increase in the district contribution to health benefits across all medical plans so the cost to employees will not increase even though the cost of all medical plans has risen by as much as 6%

    ·       Increase service credit for prior teaching experience to up to 10 years for all newly hired teachers and to all prior experience in any setting for new, fully-credentialed Speech and Language Pathologists (the Bargaining Team was unable to negotiate a retroactive adjustment for existing employees, but temporary teachers – because they are hire anew each year – will be able to take advantage of the new levels of prior service credit)

    ·       Increase the SLP stipend to $4,000/yr to attract and retain fully-credentialed specialists for these hard-to-fill positions

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, district will offer 3 voluntary PD/planning days before school starts in August (8/12-8/14), paid at $300 each; at least 3 hours will be teacher-directed planning time [MOU]

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, district will offer 3 voluntary PD/planning days during the school year (most likely on Saturdays or during vacations), paid at $300 each; at least 1 hour of each day will be teacher-directed planning time [MOU]

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, at least 75% of preschool/elementary PE time will allow for teacher-directed planning and collaboration (the LCAP currently calls for 2 PEs/week, so 75% = approx. 6 out of 8 PEs/month) [MOU]

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish 1 period of planning and collaboration time for middle school teachers [MOU]

    ·       Clarify and reorganize some 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

    ·       Reject the elimination of student dismissal times specified in the contract

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish grade-span student-teacher ratios [MOU]:

    o    TK-1                 20:1                                          o   4-5              27:1

    o    2-3                   24:1                                          o   6-8              29:1

    ARTICLE 10: LEAVE PROVISIONS

    ·       Teachers will notify the district of absences via “district established procedures,” i.e., Aesop

    ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION

    ·       Clarify and reorganize existing language on regular ed teachers’ rights regarding student IEPs

    The Bargaining Team will conduct a final question and answer session Tuesday, June 16, after school at 3:30 pm in the LMS library; all unit members are welcome to attend.  The ratification vote on the Tentative Agreement will take place at school sites on Wednesday, June 17, and if/when approved by the LTA membership and LSD Board of Education, the new payscale could be implemented as soon as the second check of the new school year (August 5th).

    Thank you to the Bargaining Team for all your hard work on our behalf.

    download Bargaining Update #4



  • 2015 Bargaining Update #3

    The LTA Bargaining Team has again presented comprehensive proposals to the district, making a good-faith effort to reach an agreement. In particular, the LTA team proposed signing 2‑year MOUs on some of the more significant changes – summer and mid-year pupil-free days, planning time at preschool, elementary and the middle school, class-size ratios and caps – allowing the district to limit the financial impact of these proposals to that which has already been budgeted in the current LCAP plan. The district reacted favorably, responding with 2-year MOU proposals of their own on summer PD/planning and planning time for preschool, elementary and the middle school teachers. This is significant progress and means that the teams may be as close as negotiating final language on these pivotal issues at the next bargaining session.

    Progress was also made in the area of compensation, though less dramatic. The LTA team reduced its demand for a 7% salary increase to 6% in recognition of future funding uncertainty as Prop 30 tax increase expire and to help off-set the district’s increased CalPERS obligation in coming years. The district modified its original offer of a 1% permanent “on‑schedule” salary increase plus a one-time 4% “off-schedule” increase to a 2% on-schedule increase plus a 3% off‑schedule increase. They also offered to increase the hourly rate from the current $34/hr to $36/hr; LTA continues to demand $40/hr in recognition of all the overtime work teachers are doing to support the district as we transition to the Common Core. Finally, the district is still resisting any increases to employee benefits, but has at least shown a new willingness to discuss cleaning-up and clarifying some issues with existing contract language on benefits.

    As always, the LTA team is committed to improving the learning environment for students and the working conditions for teachers in Lennox. We believe our 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. Members of your Bargaining Team will be visiting all schools during the weeks of June 1-5 and June 8-12 to give you a more detailed update and answer any questions you may have; please plan on attending, and remember to wear your blue LTA t-shirts again on June 12 when the Bargaining Team meets with the district one last time before the school year ends.

    download the LTA bargaining proposal #2 (5-28-15)

    download the district’s counter-proposals #2 (5-28-15)

     

    LTA Proposal #2 Highlights (changes from LTA proposal #1 in red):

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    ·       Increase salaries by 6%; increase extra-duty pay rate 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 increase each year relative to a reference plan in their own category

    ·       Increase service credit for prior teaching experience to 10 years (and adjustment salary schedule placement for current teachers who had more than 5 years of prior experience when first hired)

    ·       Grant full service credit for all experience in any setting to fully-credentialed Speech and Language Pathologists (and adjustment salary schedule placement for current SLPs who had more than 5 years of prior experience when first hired), 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

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, district would offer 3 voluntary PD/planning days before school starts in August, paid at $300 each; at least 50% of each day would be teacher-directed planning time [MOU]

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, add 3 pupil-free work days to the calendar during the year, paid at the per diem rate; at least 50% of each day would be teacher-directed planning time [MOU]

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish 100 minutes of preparation time/wk for preschool and elementary teachers [MOU]

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish 1 period of preparation time for middle school teachers [MOU]

    ·       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

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish grade-span student-teacher ratios [MOU]:

    o    TK-1                 20:1                                          o   4-5              27:1

    o    2-3                   24:1                                          o   6-8              29:1 with a planning period

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish class-size maximums, in most cases 2 higher than the averages above [MOU]

    ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION

    ·       Increase teacher input on district special education program with the LTA/LSD Special Education Committee meeting monthly

    ·       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

     

    District Counter-Proposal #2 Highlights (changes from District Counter-Proposal #1 in red):

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    ·       Increase salaries by 2% permanently, plus a one-time, off-the-salary-schedule bonus of 3%

    ·       Increase in the extra-duty pay rate to $36/hr

    ·       Willing to discuss clarification and reorganization of existing language, better definition of which plan is the “reference plan,” but no increase in health benefits

    ·       Agree to increase service credit for prior teaching experience to 10 years (but no adjustment for current teachers who had more than 5 years of prior experience when first hired)

    ·       Agree to grant full service credit for all experience in any setting to fully-credentialed Speech and Language Pathologists (but not retroactively but no adjustment for current teachers who had more than 5 years of prior experience when first hired), and increase the SLP stipend to $4,000/yr

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, district would offer 3 voluntary PD/planning days before school starts in August, paid at $300 each; at least 50% of each day would be planning time, though not necessarily teacher-directed planning time (same as last year’s model) [MOU]

    ·       Reject LTA proposal to add 3 pupil-free work days to the calendar during the year, paid at the per diem rate

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish weekly prep time for preschool and elementary teachers (exact number of minutes not specified) [MOU]

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish 1 period of “planning and collaboration” time for middle school teachers (no guarantee, though, that it would be teacher-directed planning and collaboration time) [MOU]

    ·       Maintain the number for Friday minimum days at 9/yr

    ·       Reject LTA proposal eliminating morning yard duty

    ·       Agree to clarify and reorganize existing language defining the teacher work day and flex calendars, but reject LTA proposals to clarify student start and end times (including minimum days); district proposes allowing schools (principals and SLTs) to determine start/end times

    ·       Agree to clarify and reorganize existing language on Back-to-School Night, Open House Night and after-school Parent Conferences, and willing to discuss LTA proposals to clarify adjunct duties

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    ·       For 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, establish grade-span student-teacher ratios [MOU]:

    o    TK-1                 20:1                                          o   4-5              27:1

    o    2-3                   24:1                                          o   6-8              29:1 with a 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

    ·       Allow Director of Special Ed and LTA/LSD Special Ed Committee to determine the number of times per year it will meet

    ·       Reject caseload caps for SDC teachers and lowering of existing caps for RSP teachers and Speech and Language Pathologists

     download a copy of the LTA Bargaining Update #3

     



  • 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 the LTA 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 LTA Bargaining Update #1