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  • Bargaining Update – 6/16/14

    The LTA Bargaining Team met again for contract negotiations with the district on June 16.  The district began by presenting an overview of the LCAP/LCFF regulations and requirements and a snapshot of the district’s 14/15 budget.  The district also provided a projection of what a 3% salary increase would cost the district over the next 3 years.  The district then, finally, presented a complete comprehensive proposal the included all previous proposals as well as new proposals on salary and class sizes.  Their proposals offer a 3% salary increase for 14/15 and an MOU to maintain class-size averages at 24-to-1 for grades TK-3 for as long as LCFF continues to fully fund CSR.

    download Bargaining Update #4

    download the district’s complete proposal (6-16-14)

    This is all very disappointing and offers nothing more than LCFF already requires.  One of the lessons learned from QEIA was the importance of small (20:1) classes in TK-3 and smaller-than-29 classes in 4-8.  On salary, 3% is less than neighboring districts with smaller reserves and smaller LCFF apportionments got THIS year.  The district’s proposals are, obviously, unacceptable.  But nothing is final yet, and the LTA Bargaining Team will continue working over the summer to create comprehensive counterproposals that reflect the priorities of the membership, realistic numbers on salary and class sizes, and equitable outcomes for all.  The next scheduled dates for bargaining are September 5th and September 15th.

    The Lennox Teachers Association 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 this new era of Common Core and LCFF/LCAP.  It was 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, empower our members, and be consistent with the priorities of the Lennox community.  Summer is now upon us.  When we return to school in August, we are prepared to show the district and School Board just how important improving learning and working conditions are to us.


  • LTA Election Results (final)

    We are pleased to announce the final results of the 2014 LTA Elections.  At this point, all write-in candidates have been contact and several have accepted positions as Site Reps for their schools or seats on the Executive Board.

    E-Board
    President:  Brian Guerrero
    1st VP Contractual Affairs:  Sigrid Caballero
    2nd VP Curricular Affairs:  Justin Catalán
    Secretary:  Lisa Rubio
    Treasurer:  Jim Nadler

    Site Representatives
    preschool:  open seat
    Buford:  Farnoosh Aguilar and Pam Ortiz
    Felton:  Guadalupe Laguna + 1 open seat
    Huerta:  Tam Premsrirath + 1 open seat
    Jefferson:  Ruth Culqui + 1 open seat
    Moffett:  Shannon Alvarado and Priscilla Avila
    LMS:  Cristine Aranzazu, Ruben Bojorquez + 2 open seats

    Congratulations again to all those elected and thank you for stepping up to fulfill leadership roles at your school sites and in the union!


  • Bargaining Update: 24 Checks Are Back!

    Your LTA Bargaining Team met with the district on June 3, 2014.  After extensive bargaining, the parties signed two MOUs (memorandum of understanding) addressing issues that are time sensitive and of major importance to our members.  The MOUs provide reimplementation of a 12-month pay cycle with 24 paychecks and the scheduling of 3 voluntary professional development days this summer to facilitate implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

    The benefit of signing an MOU on the paycheck cycle is that it goes into effect immediately and unit members will receive paychecks through the summer on July 20th and August 5th 2014.  However, an MOU does not create permanent contract language, so we’ll continue bargaining for such language as we work toward a comprehensive agreement.  Likewise, the MOU on summer professional development days establishes 3 voluntary PD days during the summer of 2014 only.  Both of these MOUs are major victories and achieve two of the top bargaining priorities identified by our members.

    download Bargaining Update #3

    Paycheck MOU

    • 12 months, 2 paychecks per month, for a total of 24 paychecks, beginning July 2014
    • MOU runs through June 2016, giving us up to 2 years to complete negotiations on permanent contract language

    Professional Development Days MOU

    • 3 days provided during the summer of 2014 for professional development, planning, and collaboration
    • Scheduled for August 13, 14, and 15 (the week before the 2 normal pre-service days)
    • The structure of these days will include:
      • School and/or district professional development
      • Directed collaboration and planning
      • No fewer than 3 hours for individual planning related to the professional development provided
    • The days are voluntary, although members are encouraged to participate
    • Compensation of $300 per day

    In addition to the two MOUs, the district made proposals and counterproposals that included:

    • Increase the Wednesday after-school meeting time by 1 hour per week (2:00 – 4:15 pm)
    • Increase adjunct duties to 15 hours per year
    • Reduce the voice of teachers on School Leadership Teams, including diminished voting rights
    • Rejection of LTA proposals for a perfect attendance incentive and a jury duty incentive
    • Rejection of LTA proposal for increased days to release unit members for conferences and union business.

     download the district’s most current list of counterproposals (6/2/14)

    download the district’s previous list of counterproposals (5/16/14)

    Moving forward, the district has committed to presenting a comprehensive proposal that includes language on salary and class sizes at our next meeting on June 16th.

    Your 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 this new era of Common Core and LCFF/LCAP.  Please continue to support our efforts at the bargaining table by working with your site reps and the LTA Organizing Team.


  • LTA Election Results (so far)

    We are pleased to announce the winners of the LTA Elections declared candidates:

    E-Board
    President:  pending confirmation by top write-in candidate
    1st VP Contractual Affairs:  pending confirmation by top write-in candidate
    2nd VP Curricular Affairs:  Justin Catalán
    Secretary:  Lisa Rubio
    Treasurer:  Jim Nadler

    Site Representatives
    preschool:  no candidates, declared or write-in
    Buford:  Farnoosh Aguilar and Pam Ortiz
    Felton:  pending confirmation by top write-in candidates (2)
    Huerta:  Tam Premsrirath and Lisa Rubio
    Jefferson:  pending confirmation by top write-in candidates (2)
    Moffett:  Shannon Alvarado and pending confirmation by top write-in candidate (1)
    LMS:  pending confirmation by top write-in candidates (4)

    Congratulations to the elected individuals who are stepping up to fulfill leadership roles at the their school sites and for the union!

    There will be another update as we receive confirmations of acceptance from the write-in candidates.


  • Bargaining Update – 5/17/14

    The LTA Bargaining Team met with the district on May 16, 2014.  The district did not present a comprehensive bargaining proposal at the meeting, but provided counterproposals to some of LTA’s proposals from April 28, 2014.  In response, the LTA team proposed reaching side agreements on the time sensitive issues such as summer planning days for Common Core and reimplementation of a 12-month, 24-check pay cycle.  The district was unwilling to reach a side agreement on summer planning but an agreement was reached to re-implement a 12-month, 24-check pay cycle.  Due to the late timing, details of implementation, including whether it will start in July 2014 or July 2015, still need to be worked out with LACOE.

    The LTA team expressed great frustration with the lack of urgency on the part of the district.  After months of conversation with our members and the community, the initial LTA proposal includes a wealth of ideas for improving learning and teaching conditions in Lennox.  The district has responded with mostly unacceptable counterproposals and in some cases failed to provide any counterproposals at all.

    download the Bargaining Update #2

    full text of the LSD counterproposals


  • Candidates for the 2014 LTA Election Announced

    Thursday, 5/22/14, was the deadline for candidates to submit their names and have their names appear on the ballot in next week’s LTA 2014 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

    President (1 position, 2-year term)

    • no names submitted

    1st Vice President of Contractual Affairs (1 position, 2-year term)

    • no names submitted

    2nd Vice President of Curricular Affairs (1 position, 2-year term)

    • Justin Catalán

    Secretary (1 position, 1-year left on a currently vacant 2-year term)

    • Lisa Rubio

    Treasurer (1 position, 1-year term [normally a 2-year term; this will realign the Treasurer's term with the Secretary's term and stagger it relative the President and VP's terms as called for in the LTA Bylaws])

    • Jim Nadler

    Site Representatives

    preschool (1 position, 1-year term)

    • no names submitted

    Buford (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Farnoosh Lashkari
    • Pamela Ortiz

    Felton (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    Huerta (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Lisa Rubio
    • Tam Premsrirath

    Jefferson (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    Moffett (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Shannon Alvarado

    LMS (4 positions, 1-year terms)

    • no names submitted

    Voting will take place at school sites from Tuesday, May 27 – Thursday, May 29, 2014.

    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” write-in candidates will be contacted in order of the number of write-in votes they received, with the write-in candidate receiving the greatest number of votes being contacted and offered the position first.  If several write-in 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.


  • Bargaining Update 5/1/14

    download the Bargaining Update #1

    The LTA Bargaining Team is in the process of visiting each school to explain our Bargaining Proposals and answer any questions that members have.  We would like everyone to go to one of those live meetings and hear the information first-hand for themselves, so I don’t want to post too much explanation here yet.   I already posted our initial Sunshine Proposal and the full text of all the LTA proposals to the website in a previous post (just scroll down  little), and  I will also post two new documents:

    • The Bargaining Team actually re-sunshined our proposals, adding two additional articles, Tuesday night at the School Board meeting.  Time was provided for public comment.

    download the revised LTA Sunshine Proposals

    • The district sunshined their proposals Tuesday night as well (although they didn’t actually get them to us until Wednesday).  Time will be provided for public comment on the district’s proposals at the next Board meeting (May 13).

    download the LSD Sunshine Proposals

    Finally, the two Bargaining teams have agreed on three dates to meet and actually negotiate:  Friday, May 16; Tuesday, June 3; and Monday, June 16.  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, empower our members, and be consistent with the goals and priorities of the Lennox community.

    Please plan on attending the Bargaining meeting at your school site to get all the details of the proposals, and fill out the Commitment Cards the Organizing Team will pass to show your support for the Bargaining Team and the proposals they have put forward.


  • Bargaining Update 4/29/14

    download the Bargaining Update #1

    Your LTA Bargaining Team met with the district today (April 28, 2014).  The LTA team includes Polo Marquez (LMS), Sigrid Caballero (Felton), Fidel Lopez (Moffett), Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and Jeff Good (CTA Staff).  The LSD team includes Bob Mata (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Lissett Pichardo (Buford), and Steve Andelson (attorney).

    Your team presented a comprehensive bargaining proposal, in advance of the articles we’ve opened being sunshined (presented to the school board and opened to public comment) at the school board meeting on April 29, 2014.  The district made no proposals, but is expected to sunshine the articles they intend to open at the April 29 school board meeting.  Our next meeting is scheduled for May 14, 2014, at which point we expect to receive proposals and counterproposals from the district.

    Your 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 this new 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, empower our members, and be consistent with the priorities of the Lennox community.

    Attached here are the full proposals the Bargaining Team presented to the district.  There will be a joint presentation at your school sometime this week by the Bargaining Team and the Organizing Team explaining the proposals and what you can do to support the effort to get the district to accept all of these proposals.  Please be prepared to support the bargaining team by working with the Organizing Team and completing an LTA Commitment Card.

    Initial LTA Bargaining Proposals for permanent contract language

    Initial LTA MOU Proposal for Additional Planning Days


  • LTA Elections in May – Leadership Opportunities Available

    We’re not quite there yet, but LTA election season will upon us soon.  While the official “announcement of vacancies” isn’t scheduled until May 8, Rep Council approved the Election Timeline at the last Rep Council meeting so I thought I’d post it here a little early.  I’ll copy the most relevant parts of the timeline (positions, responsibilities, and dates) here and I’ll attach the full timeline as a pdf as well.

    download the full Elections Timeline

    You’ll notice there are a number of leadership positions that will be opening up (all of them, actually), so this is a great time for anyone who’s had an opinion about LTA’s direction in negotiations, IPD and Common Core, or community outreach to get involved and help lead the union.

    The following positions will be up for election:

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

    1. Is the official spokesperson for the Association;
    2. Calls meetings of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    3. Prepares the agenda for the meetings of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    4. Presides at all meetings of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    5. Appoints all chairpersons and members of committees, with majority approval of the Executive Board;
    6. Appoints the chairperson and members of the Bargaining Team with majority approval of the Executive Board;
    7. Has to be familiar with the governance documents of the Association, CTA, and NEA;
    8. Suggests policies, plans and activities for the Association, and is held responsible for the progress and work of the Association;
    9. Proposes the procedures for grievance processing for ratification by the Executive Board and Representative Council;
    10. Attends meetings of the Service Center Council of which the Association is a part;
    11. Attends other CTA/NEA meetings as directed by the Representative Council; and
    12. Attends all Lennox School District Board of Trustees meetings, or appoints proper representation.
    13. Stipend = $2,500/yr.

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

    1. Serves as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
    2. Assumes the duties of the President in the absence of the President (i.e., serve as “First” Vice President);
    3. Serves as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President;
    4. Serves as Chairperson of the Grievance Committee and keep an accurate record of all grievances; and
    5. Serves as Chairperson of the Professional Relations Committee, preparing the agenda for meetings, facilitating meetings, and distributing minutes from meetings to the general Membership.
    6. Stipend = $500/yr.

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

    1. Serves as assistant to the President in all duties of the President;
    2. Assumes 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);
    3. Serves as co-coordinator of committee activities as directed by the President;
    4. Serves as Chairperson of the Membership Committee and keep an accurate roster of the Membership; and
    5. Serves as Chairperson of the Instruction and Professional Development Committee, preparing the agenda for meetings, facilitating meetings, and distributing minutes from meetings to the general Membership.
    6. Stipend = $500/yr.

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

    1. Carries on the correspondence pertaining to the affairs of the Association as directed by the President;
    2. Keeps a careful and accurate record of the proceedings of each meeting, regular or special, of the Association, Representative Council, and Executive Board;
    3. Keeps a careful and accurate roster of meeting attendance and of the membership of all committees;
    4. 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;
    5. Is responsible for the formation and distribution of the Association’s calendar of activities; and
    6. Maintains the Association’s webpage and monitors/moderates its social media presence.
    7. Stipend = $500/yr.

    Treasurer – 1-year term (normally a 2-term; this will stagger the position relative to the President and Vice President positions, as required by the LTA Bylaws) [member of the Executive Board]:

    1. Receives all funds belonging to the Association and is responsible for their safekeeping and accounting;
    2. Pays out such funds upon orders of the President;
    3. Prepares a written financial report for each regular meeting of the Representative Council and Executive Board;
    4. Is responsible for an annual audit of the books of the Association and distributing a summary of this audit to the Membership;
    5. Is responsible for submitting membership and financial reports to CTA, NEA, and other agencies as required by law; and
    6. Files state and federal tax returns for the Association.
    7. Stipend = $500/yr.

    Site Representatives – 1-year terms (based on formula in the LTA Bylaws, currently = 2 per elementary site, 1 at preschool, and 4 at LMS, for a total of 15 positions) [members of the Representative Council]:

    1. Conduct constant and ongoing liaison between the Representative Council and Active members at the school site;
    2. Serve as the official channel through which written communications and publications can be easily and quickly transmitted between the Association and the Active members;
    3. 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
    4. Perform such additional duties as prescribed by the Executive Board.
    5. Stipend = $150/yr.

     

    The official Elections Timeline must include the following dates and information:

    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 = Thursday, 5/8/14

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

    Election = Tuesday, 5/27/14 – Thursday, 5/29/14 (18 days after announcement)

    1. 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 Thursday, 5/22/14.

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

    Candidates will be announced on Friday, 5/23/14, no later than 8pm, via the LTA website.

    1. Date for preparation of ballots;

    Ballots will be prepared on Saturday, 5/24/14.

    1. Date on which ballots will be distributed;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tuesday, 5/27/14.

    1. 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 Wednesday, 5/21/14.  Mail-in ballots will be sent via overnight mail on Saturday, 5/24/14, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by the above deadline.

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

    Voting will take place on Tuesday, 5/27/14 – Thursday, 5/29/14.

    1. 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 Thursday, 5/29/14.  Mail-in ballots must be delivered to the Association post office box [Lennox Teachers Association, PO Box 2231, Hawthorne, CA 90251] by 4pm on Thursday, 5/29/14.

    1. 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 Thursday, 5/29/14 at 4:30pm at Jefferson Elementary.

    1. 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 Thursday, 5/29/14, no later than 8pm, and posted at all school sites on LTA bulletin boards on Friday, 5/30/14.

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

    Run-off election (if necessary) = Tuesday, 6/3/14 – Wednesday, 6/4/14

    Ballots received/counted = Wednesday, 6/4/14, 4:30pm

    Results announced = Wednesday, 6/4/14, no later than 8pm

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

    Written challenges must be filed by Tuesday, 6/10/14 at 8am with by Ann Chaffey at Jefferson Elementary.

     

    The official Elections Timeline must also include the following procedures:

    1. 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 Thursday, 5/22/14.  Declarations may be submitted via e-mail or hand delivery.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Method of distribution of ballots;

    Ballots will be distributed to non-running Site Reps and Professional Relations Reps on the morning of Tuesday, 5/27/14.  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 Tuesday, 5/27/14 – Thursday, 5/29/14.

    Mail-in ballots will be sent via overnight mail on Saturday, 5/24/14, to those members on dues paying leave who request them by 4pm on Wednesday, 5/21/14.  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].

    1. 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 Thursday, 5/22/14, 4pm, deadline.

    1. 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 Thursday, 5/22/14, at Jefferson Elementary.  Declarations may be submitted to Ann Chaffey prior to the deadline via e-mail or hand delivery.

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

    Names will be listed according to CTA alphabet.

    download the full Elections Timeline


  • LTA Scholarships – Deadlines Extended!

    The Lennox Teachers Association is proud to support the continuing education of our Lennox students by offering three scholarships to totaling $2,400.  Scholarships and their application requirements are described below.  The original deadline for the scholarships was Friday, April 28, 2014, but due to the varying spring break calendars at our local high schools, the LTA Scholarship Committee has decided to extend the deadline all scholarship until Friday, May 9, 2014.

    The LTA College/University Scholarship

    The Lennox Teachers Association is offering two $1,000.00 awards 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 academic standing and must be enrolled in a college/university by the Fall of 2014.  Criteria for selecting award candidates will include academic and leadership achievements.  Award recipients will be notified by the end of May 2014.  Awards will be presented at recipient’s high school end-of-the-year award ceremony.

    download the LTA College/University Scholarship application

     Application deadline:  Friday, April 25  Friday, May 9, 2014.

     

    The LTA Mary Davis Scholarship

    The Lennox Teachers Association is offering a scholarship of $100.00 per year for four years to purchase books.  Named for long-time Lennox Board of Education member, Mary Davis, this scholarship is open to all 8th grade students attending Lennox Middle School.  Award recipients will be notified in June 2014 and the scholarship will be awarded at the Lennox Middle School’s end-of-the-year award ceremony.  (In the 2nd-4th year of the scholarship, it will be the responsibility of the recipient to contact the LTA Scholarship Committee to collect his/her award.)

    download the LTA Mary Davis Scholarship application

    Application deadline:  Friday, April 25  Friday, May 9, 2014.

     

    Mail all applications to:

    LTA Scholarship Committee

    Lennox Teachers Association

    P.O. Box 2231

    Hawthorne, CA  90251




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