• Negotiations Begin

    The LTA Bargaining Team – led by Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and made up of Sigrid Caballero (SpEd preschool), Justin Catalán (Moffett), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff) – met with the district’s bargaining team Friday morning to present our initial bargaining proposals. The district’s team consists of Dr. Hiacynth Martinez (Sr. Dir. of Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Sr. Dir. of Fiscal Services), Polo Marquez (LMS Dean of Students) and Steve Andelson (attorney).

    LTA Proposal Highlights:

    ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

    • Increase salaries by 5%
    • Increase extra-duty rate of pay to $40/hour
    • Increase health benefits across all medical plans, evening contributions so the district pays the same amount into each plan, and permanently establish one 100% district-paid Employee + 1 plan
    • Establish $2,000 stipends for elementary teachers assigned combo classes and middle-school teachers with 3 or more preps

    ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

    • Add 7 work days to the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 calendars – 3 PD/planning days before school begins in August, 3 pupil-free PD/planning days during the school year, and increasing the spring Parent Conference day to a full, pupil-free day, all paid at the per diem rate (equivalent to another 3.8% salary increase)
    • Permanently establish 100 minutes of teacher-directed planning/preparation time/week for preschool and elementary teachers (8 PEs/month for teachers, 0 for principals, although principals could “trade” 1 PE for 1 Wednesday afternoon)
    • Permanently establish 1 period of teacher-directed planning/preparation time/day for middle school teachers
    • Better define student dismissal times at all grade levels, and standardize Wednesday early dismissal at 1:38 pm for all schools
    • Clarify super minimum day responsibilities, and permanently establish 3 super minimum days/year for scoring
    • Eliminate morning yard duty

    ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE

    • Permanently re-establish CSR/QEIA-like grade-span averages:
      • TK-1 20:1
      • 2-3 22:1
      • 4-5 25:1
      • 6-8 27:1
    • Calculate grade-span averages for schools-within-schools (like Dual Language and School of Engineering) separately from the rest of the school so that students in and out of the programs can benefit from smaller class sizes
    • Calculate/check grade-span averages monthly rather than yearly
    • Create class-size maximums, in most cases 2-3 higher than the average above, and caps of 15:1 in LMS intervention, ELD and special education classes

    ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION

    • Create caseload caps for SDC teachers, and lower existing caps for RSP teachers and Speech and Language Pathologists

    Due to the delays in the bargaining timeline this year, the LTA Bargaining Team made the unprecedented suggestion that the two teams continue negotiating through the summer in hopes of resolving some of the more time-sensitive issues (like benefits and class sizes for next year) as soon as possible. The district’s team declined, but pointed out that the district has postponed the benefits enrollment/adjustment window until fall… in case negotiations results in a change to district and employee contribution levels and people want to adjust their plans as a result. The two teams are scheduled to meet again August 29, September 22, and October 13; additional dates will be scheduled if possible.

    As always, the LTA Bargaining 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 as soon as possible, 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.

    Read the full text of the LTA proposals:

    Download LTA Initial Proposals

    Download LTA Bargaining Update #2


  • 2016-2017 Bargaining Update #1

    The LTA Bargaining Team this year is led by Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and includes Sigrid Caballero (SpEd preschool), Justin Catalán (Moffett), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff). The LSD team includes Hiacynth Martinez (Personnel), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services) and Steve Andelson (attorney).

    On April 26th, the LTA Bargaining Team sunshined the contract articles it will be opening this year, and the required public hearing on the sunshine was held on May 24th. On May 24th, the district also sunshined the contract articles they will be opening, and their public hearing will be held at the School Board meeting on June 14th.

    As you may have noticed, the bargaining process has moved more slowly this year than in recent years. This is primarily because the School Board canceled Board meetings in March, April and May, which delayed the sunshine/public hearing process for both LTA and the district. Fortunately, all of our MOUs with the district are for both the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, so current language about class sizes, planning time, and summer PD will be in effect for one more year. Additionally, negotiating salary and benefits in the fall may work to our advantage because there are a number of uncertainties right now regarding the state budget. School Services of California (the company most school districts look to for budgetary forecasts) has warned of a possible financial downturn, as well as questions about the continuation of Prop 30, and has advised school districts to bargain conservatively. Once the final state budget is passed in June, and we have a better idea about the likelihood of the Children’s Education and Healthcare Protection Act (the successor to Prop 30) passing, we may be in a more favorable bargaining environment.

    LTA Sunshine Articles:

    • ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
    • ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT
    • ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE
    • ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION

    download the full LTA Sunshine

    District Sunshine Articles:

    • ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
    • ARTICLE 10: LEAVE PROVISIONS
    • ARTICLE 18: SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
    • ARTICLE 25: TERM
    • The district has also proposed eliminating ARTICLE 14: PEER ASSISTANCE AND REVIEW PROGRAM and ARTICLE 15: STAFF DEVELOPMENT BUY BACK DAYS because the state no longer funds these programs.

    download the full LSD Sunshine

    The LTA Bargaining 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 as soon as possible, 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 this Bargaining Update #1


  • Preliminary LTA Election Results

    Here are the preliminary results of the 2016 LTA Elections:

    E-Board

    President –
    Brian Guerrero

    Vice President Contractual Affairs –
    Priscilla Avila

    Vice President Curriculum –
    Vacancy*

    Site Reps

    Buford –
    Vacancy*
    Vacancy

    Felton –
    Lupe Laguna
    Natalie Reyes

    Huerta –
    Tam Premsrirath
    Vacancy*

    Jefferson –
    Diana Powell Blue
    Vacancy*

    Moffett –
    Jessica Gomez
    Priscilla Avila

    LMS –
    Gary Moore
    Webster Peters
    Vacancy*

    SpEd Preschool –
    Vacancy

    TOSAs –
    Erica Kilgore

    * Pending notification of write-in candidates


  • Candidates Announced for 2016 LTA Election

    Friday, 5/13/16, was the deadline for candidates to submit their names to have their names appear on the ballot in LTA 2016 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)

    • Brian Guerrero
    • Julie Smith

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

    • Priscilla Avila

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

    • no names submitted

    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)

    • Diana Blue

    Moffett (2 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Priscilla Avila
    • Jessica Gomez

    LMS (4 positions, 1-year terms)

    • Gary Moore
    • Webster Peters

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

    • no names submitted

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

    • Erica Kilgore

    Voting will take place at school sites from Monday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 25, 2016

    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.


  • Proposed LTA Bylaws Revision, 2016

    The LTA Rep Council is in the process of updating our LTA Bylaws.  Rep Council is considering a few changes to better meet the needs of our union and our members.  Below is a summary of the main changes that have been proposed:

    Bylaws – (future amendments would require notification of all members and posting for 1 month before Rep Council could vote; Rep Council would need to approve by 2/3 majority)

    • Clean-up Bargaining Team language, make it more similar to other committees, including PAC
    • Establish PAC in the Bylaws, along with a $2/month/member contribution and opt-out procedures

    Standing Rules – (future amendments could be made at any Rep Council meeting by simple majority vote)

    • $50 longevity bonuses for Site Reps who return for a second year to encourage longer commitments and discourage frequent turn-over in Site Reps, and thus, LTA leadership
    • More clean-up of Bargaining Team language, provision for sharing Bargaining Survey results with Rep Council after negotiations have concluded
    • PAC composition, procedures, and process for recommending candidates and ballot initiatives for endorsement
    • Add a provision to election rules to waive the need to hold election in uncontested Site Rep elections (now allowed by CTA)

    link to full text of proposed bylaws revisions

    Rep Council has been researching and refining the proposed changes for several months, and Site Reps have shared drafts with their schools during 10-minute meetings to gather feedback and answer questions.  Now that Rep Council has finalized the proposed language, it’s time for members to consider the proposal as a whole and give Site Reps their final opinion.  Rep Council will vote on the proposal at the June Rep Council meeting, in time to factor any changes into the 2016-2017 LTA Budget, which will also be approved at the June Rep Council meeting.  Your opinion is important; Site Reps, LTA, and the Bylaws represent you.  Please review the proposed changes and give feedback to your Site Reps, or, if you prefer, contact me directly, or join us at the June 9th Rep Council to share your opinions with the whole Rep Council.