LTA teachers have been very involved in the implementation of Common Core in Lennox, and, to their credit, the district has been very open to collaboration. CTA has just published a pamphlet on the Common Core, and guess who gets a shout out? LTA and our fabulous teachers. I couldn’t be more proud.
Your LTA Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with the district.
Tentative Agreement Highlights
ARTICLE 3: ASSOCIATION RIGHTS
- Extend number of LTA member release days for union business to 15.
- Allow LTA to reimburse the district for president’s release time at the cost of a Step 1, Column 1 teacher.
- Maintain 75% threshold for contract variance votes.
ARTICLE 6: COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
- Permanently reinstate 24-check pay cycle.
- Increase teacher salaries by 6% (5% permanent increase + 1% additional, off the salary schedule, for 2014-15), retroactive to July 1, 2014.
- Increase extra-duty rate of pay to $34 per hour.
- Create $2,000 annual stipend for fully credentialed speech and language pathologists.
- Add vision coverage to retiree benefits package.
ARTICLE 7: WORK YEAR & HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Reject all increases to meeting time after 3:15 pm.
- Reject proposed increase in adjunct duty hours.
- Established one parent conference day per year that may extend beyond the normal contract hours, but no later than 5 pm, and for a work day no longer than 6.75 hours (e., ending at 5 pm would mean starting the work day at 9:30 am).
- Create an LTA/LSD committee to explore the costs/logistics of establishing a planning period at LMS and weekly planning time at all elementary schools (MOU).
ARTICLE 8: ASSIGNMENTS & TRANSFERS
- Establish a 5-year term for TOSA positions, with a possible 3-year extension, before returning to the classroom.
ARTICLE 9: CLASS SIZE
- Create an LTA/LSD committee to explore the costs/logistics of reducing class sizes at all schools (MOU).
ARTICLE 10: LEAVE PROVISIONS
- Create an incentive for unit members to defer jury duty until vacation time.
- Reject limits on P2 day usage.
- Update child bearing, child rearing, and family care leave language to be consistent with FMLA, CPDLA, etc.
ARTICLE 12: SAFETY CONDITIONS
- Require the placement of 2 full-time campus safety personnel at LMS, w/ subs in case of absence.
- Clarify language on repairs of lighting and all-calls.
ARTICLE 18: SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
- Clarify responsibilities of the School Leadership Teams but retain all functions and the democratic nature the committees.
ARTICLE 21: SPECIAL EDUCATION
- Create caseload caps for RSP and establish a caseload average for speech.
ARTICLE 25: TERM
- Contract will be valid for 3 years, with reopeners in 2015-16 and again in 2016-17 for compensation, benefits, and up to 3 other articles per party.
download the district’s morning counterproposals (not scanned yet)
Two general meetings will be held to present the tentative agreement and to answer any questions you may have.
- Wednesday, 9/17/14, 3:30-4:00 pm at LMS
- Friday, 9/19/14, 3:30-4:00 pm at Moffett
The ratification vote will be conducted on Monday, 9/22/14, and Tuesday, 9/23/14, at all school sites.
Rep Council approved a couple of changes to the LTA Standing Rules last night (the Standing Rules are part of the LTA Bylaws and Standing Rules document and govern the day-to-day operations of the Association)
1. Include policies already approved by Rep Council last year
- Formally recognize in the Standing Rules special ed preschool teachers and TOSAs as special faculty groups who get a Rep on Rep Council
- Add the attendance requirement to the description of Rep’s responsibilities (attend 8 out of 10 Rep Council meetings, -$10 from stipend for each missed meeting after that)
2. Additional changes
- Add LTA’s mailing address and web page address to the Standing Rules
- Re-arrange the order of business at Rep Council meetings to bring Site Reports, the Membership Report, and the Treasurer’s Report earlier
- Amend the limit on the President’s credit card to avoid the $15 monthly fee
Your LTA Bargaining Team met again for contract negotiations with the district on Friday, September 5th. The LTA team includes Lisa Rubio (Huerta), Sigrid Caballero (Felton), Fidel Lopez (Moffett), Jim Nadler (LMS), and Alice Clement (CTA staff). The LSD team includes Richard Tauer (HR), Kevin Franklin (Fiscal Services), Lissett Pichardo (Buford), and Steve Andelson (attorney). The meeting was cordial and both sides expressed an interest in reaching an agreement as soon as possible.
During the summer and since school started, your Bargaining Team has met several times to create comprehensive counterproposals to the district’s June 16th proposals that reflect the priorities membership expressed on the recent Bargaining Survey. Our counterproposals continue to offer fair and reasonable numbers on salary and a realistic path to smaller class sizes and planning time at all schools. Our next scheduled date for bargaining is Monday, September 15th.
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 soon, 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.
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.
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.