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  • We Have A Tentative Agreement!

    download Bargaining Update #5


    Your LTA Bargaining Team – led by Lisa Rubio (Huerta), with Justin Catalán (Moffett), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA) – has reached a Tentative Agreement with the district.

    Tentative Agreement Highlights


    • Increases salaries by 2% permanently, retroactive to July 1, 2016, for a total salary increase of 11% over the last 3 years.
    • Increases extra-duty hourly pay rate to $40/hr.
    • Three-year MOU changing the fully district-paid health plan to the lowest cost employee + 1 plan (currently Kaiser Base), and applies that same dollar amount to all other plans, until June 2019.

    for 2016-2017

    Plan Coverage Total






    Kaiser Base (Tier I) Employee $492.07 $492.07 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $984.14 $984.14 $0.00 < 2016-2019 MOU “reference plan”
    Family $1,392.56 $984.14 $408.42
    Kaiser Plus (Tier II) Employee $547.11 $547.11 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $1,176.30 $984.14 $192.16
    Family $1,613.99 $984.14 $629.85
    Health Net Base (Tier I) Employee $611.22 $611.22 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $1,314.13 $984.14 $329.99
    Family 1,803.12 $984.14 $818.98
    Health Net – EOA (Tier II) Employee $655.56 $655.56 $0.00
    Employee + 1 $1,409.44 $984.14 $425.30
    Family $1,933.90 $984.14 $949.76
    Health Net – PPO Employee $1,416.82 $984.14 $432.68
    Employee + 1 $3,046.33 $984.14 $2,062.19
    Family $4,159.67 $984.14 $3,175.53


    • For 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, district will offer 2 voluntary PD/planning days before school starts in August, paid at $350 per day, with at least 3 hours for individual planning time, and 2 voluntary PD/planning days during the school year, paid at $350 per day, with at least 1½ hours per day for individual planning time. [MOU]
    • For 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, maintains at least 75% of preschool/elementary PE time 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 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, maintains 1 period of planning time for middle school teachers. [MOU]
    • Clarifies and reorganizes some existing language defining the teacher work day, student dismissal times, minimum days, and super minimum days.
    • Rejects district proposal allowing staff meetings to end at 4 pm.


    • For 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, maintain the following grade-span student-teacher ratios [MOU]:
      • TK-1      20:1                                                    o   4-5                       27:1
      • 2-3      24:1                                                    o   6-8                       29:1
    • Includes “overage stipend” compensating teachers whose grade-span and individual class-sizes exceed the averages above ($100 each for 1st and 2nd students over and $200 each for 3rd and 4th students over).


    • Accepts district-proposed language updating maternity leave and family leave to reflect changes in state and federal statutes.


    • Eliminates language on state-funded PAR program.


    • Eliminates language on state-funded buy-back days.


    • Accepts district proposal to schedule SLT meetings after school, removes “staffing priorities” from the SLT purview, and rephrases “consensus” language; rejects district proposal to eliminate “student discipline policies and school safety” from SLT purview.


    • Postpones opening full contract for renegotiation until 2019-2020 school year, reopening 3 articles plus compensation in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

    If anyone has any questions, the Bargaining Team will conduct two question-and-answer sessions, one Thursday, September 22, after school in the LMS library, and one Monday, September 26, after school in the Jefferson cafeteria; all unit members are welcome to attend either meeting.

    The ratification vote on the Tentative Agreement will take place at school sites on Monday, September 26, and Tuesday, September 27, at lunch and after school. Once approved by the LTA membership, the Tentative Agreement should go to the School Board for approval on October 7, and once approved by the School Board, the new payscale could be implemented as soon as our second paycheck in October. Teachers will receive a separate retro check for the difference between the old payscale and the new payscale for the time they have already worked this school year. Benefits deductions will be adjusted going forward, and anyone who has effectively “overpayed” because the cost of their selected plan has gone down will have those overpayments credited toward future payments this year (and if the cost of your plan has dropped to zero, you will receive a refund). Unfortunately, it is too late to change plans this year, but you will be able to change plans next year if you want to take advantage of the lower rates for the employee + 1 and family plans for the duration of the MOU.

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


    download the LSD 9/20/16 AM counterproposal

    download the LTA 9/20/16 AM counterproposal

    download the LSD 9/20/16 PM counterproposal

    download the LTA 9/20/16 PM counterproposal

    download the final LSD/LTA tentative agreement

  • Bargaining Update #4 – 8/29/16


    Your LTA Bargaining Team – led by Lisa Rubio (Huerta) and made up of Justin Catalán (Moffett), Gary Moore (LMS), Jim Nadler (LMS) and Andrew Staiano (CTA staff) – met with the district bargaining team today. The district team consists of Dr. Hiacynth Martinez (Chief Personnel Officer), Kevin Franklin (Chief Financial Officer), Polo Marquez (Felton VP) and Steve Andelson (attorney).

    Based on conversations with members and the results of the most recent bargaining survey, one of LTA’s main objectives today was to reach an understanding with the district aboutpermanentlylowering the cost of health benefits. Because the open enrollment window closed Friday, we knew we had a very limited window of opportunity to come to an agreement lowering the cost of benefits and giving members an opportunity to make changes to their plan choices. We offered to accept the district’s estimate of the cost of LTA’s benefits proposal as equal to a 1% increase in salary, and to reduce our salary proposal from 5% to 4%. The district rejected this offer, instead proposing to instate LTA’s benefits proposalfor one year only,and to increase salary by a mere 0.5% for one year,off the salary schedule. The district resisted all efforts to decouple the discussion of health benefits and salary, and insisted that any agreement today include both benefits and final salary increase amounts. Despite close analysis of the district’s cost estimates demonstrating that more money is available, the district held firm to its proposal of one year of health benefits, a one-time 0.5% “bonus,” and no permanent salary increase. As much as your LTA Bargaining Team wanted to reach an agreement on benefits today, a one-year respite in health benefit costs coupled with a meager – and temporary – increase to salary is both unacceptable and insulting. We simply could not agree to that. So, sorry folks, it looks like there will be no improvement in health benefits this year.

    In regard to other proposals, the districtrejected:

    • stipends for combo classes and middle school teachers with 3 or more preps,
    • increasing the work year by 7 pupil-free days, stating that there are no plans for professional development beyond June 2017 when the current PD MOU expires,
    • continuing elementary PE/planning and the LMS planning period beyond the expiration of the current planning time MOU in June 2017,
    • creating permanent super minimum days for scoring,
    • maintaining lower class sizes once the current class-size MOU expires in June 2017, and
    • lowering special ed case loads.

    The district alsomaintainedtheir proposals to:

    • allow principals to extend Wednesday meetings until 4 pm to address unspecified “unforeseen circumstances requiring immediate attention,”
    • limit the scope of teacher participation in school decision-making via School Leadership Teams, and finally,
    • delay reopening the entire contract for renegotiation until 2019, two years later than the contract currently stipulates.

    Clearly this has been a disappointing day, particularly with regard to the district’s shortsightedness on important issues like health benefits, professional development, planning time and class sizes. It is also clear we will need to step up our efforts to educate the district, school board and community on the importance of these issues and the ways that they benefit not only teachers, but students as well. The district’s compulsive focus on the cost of these programs, rather than their benefit to students and teachers, has convinced us that some of these issues will be better dealt with during the next bargaining cycle. We, therefore, made the difficult but strategic decision to postpone further discussion about elementary PE/planning, the LMS planning period, and lower class sizes until early 2017.

    Our final proposal of the day:

    • offered to drop demands for an increase in health benefits in exchange for a full 5% permanent salary increase (if we can’t save people money on benefits, we can at least make up some of the difference in salary),
    • maintained demands for stipends for combo classes and middle school teachers with 3 or more preps, and a $40/hour teacher hourly rate,
    • proposed increasing the the work year by 5 pupil-free days (which would result in a 2.7% working raise),
    • rejected the district’s vague proposal for meetings until 4 pm,
    • maintained proposals lowering special ed case loads.

    Be on the lookout for communications from the Organizing Team in the next few weeks on how you can help support our continuing bargaining efforts.

    The two teams are scheduled to meet again September 20 and October 13.

    download the full text of LTA’s morning proposal

    download the full text of the district’s proposal

    download the full text of LTA’s afternoon proposal

    download Bargaining Update #4

  • 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:


    download the full LTA Sunshine

    District Sunshine Articles:

    • 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

  • Contract Negotiations, 2016-2017

    Every year, bargaining begins with “sunshines” – each party publicly announces which articles of the contract they will be opening for negotiations.  This year, the Lennox Teachers Association sunshined first, at the April 26 School Board meeting.  There will be an opportunity for public comment on the LTA sunshine at the next School Board meeting, May 10.  The Lennox School District will sunshine their articles at the May 10 School Board meeting, and their will be an opportunity for public comment on the district’s articles at the May 24 School Board meeting.

    For the 2015-2016 school year, LTA makes the following conceptual proposals to reopen negotiations:


    Bargaining unit member compensation and benefits shall be increased to attract and retain education professionals who can foster the success of students and are invested in the Lennox community.



    The work year and workday of bargaining unit members shall reflect the needs of all stakeholders (students, teachers, the district, the community).


    The district shall maintain low class size averages at all schools and establish class size maximums for the benefit of students.


    The district shall establish caseload maximums for special education services and increase unit member input in the district special education program.

    link to the full text of the LTA 2016-2017 Sunshine

  • “Step-Up for Education” Conference a Huge Success!


    Dozens of educators from Lennox, Hawthorne, Inglewood, LAUSD and other school districts joined together on Saturday, September 26, 2015 for a day of teacher-organized and teacher-led professional development.  With the support of the California Teachers Association, teachers learned about everything from innovative math strategies and adolescent brain development to the finer points of our contract and retirement planning.  Special guests included CTA District I Director, Leslie Littman, and CTA Secretary-Treasurer, David Goldberg.