In State of the Union, Caputo-Pearl hints at strike, targets Deasy
In his first State of the Union speech as the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) president, Alex Caputo-Pearl delivered a careful, balanced address at the union’s annual Leadership Conference on Friday night, leaving most of the fiery rhetoric to one of his predecessors, Wayne Johnson, who energetically recalled the 1989 strike, which he led. While Caputo-Pearl...
By Craig Clough | September 22, 2014
2 percent bonus arrives for school principals, plus others
More than 13,000 LA Unified employees of labor groups that struck new contract deals with the district are receiving a 2 percent lump sum payment this week. Among those that found the extra bump in their bank accounts are members of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA), which includes school principals, assistant principals, administrators...
By Vanessa Romo | September 17, 2014
Progress (or lack of it) with teachers comes to LAUSD board
The LA Unified School Board returns tomorrow with a full agenda although a lot of the juicy stuff will be discussed in closed session. In addition to the usual topics — personnel issues and ongoing litigation — the board will review labor negotiations, which at this point is down to the on-going talks with the...
By Vanessa Romo | September 8, 2014
Teachers union submits initial contract demands to LA Unified
After months of bargaining talks with LA Unified, the teachers union, UTLA, today submitted its first contract demand within the course of current negotiations. In a document submitted to the board this morning, the union called for discussions of various subjects, including salaries, teacher evaluations and discipline at its next bargaining sessions, according to a...
By Vanessa Romo | September 4, 2014
Deasy puts Apple deal on hold, starts new bidding process
*UPDATED LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy told members of the school board yesterday that he is halting the district’s contract with Apple, Inc., effectively ending his grand plan to put an iPad in the hands of every district student. Following the disclosure of emails that suggest he and aides had tailored the bid process to...
By Michael Janofsky | August 26, 2014
LAUSD, Teachers union talking AM/FM on new contract
As a further indication of how far off a labor agreement is between LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, the two sides met yesterday and each focused on an entirely different matter — the district, salaries; the union, the problematic student data base system, MiSiS. In a statement released by UTLA shortly after the...
By Vanessa Romo | August 22, 2014
As talks resume, LAUSD, teachers union still far apart
Negotiators for LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, resume contract talks later today amid charges and counter-charges of which side is responsible for the lack of progress. Teachers are set to return for the opening of the school year next week. Late last week, the sides exchanged letters, each sharp in tone, that sought...
By Michael Janofsky | August 6, 2014
LA Unified reaches agreement with principals, police, teamsters
At least the principals won’t be going on strike. The Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) overwhelming ratified new labor contracts with LA Unified for two groups of employees, ensuring that school leaders will remain on campus even as district teachers continue negotiations and threaten to walk off the job. “It’s as decisive as it...
By Vanessa Romo | July 30, 2014
Teachers union leaders updating members on strike potential
No matter the state of contract negotiations between LA Unified and the teachers union, UTLA, instructors are becoming more familiar with the possibility of a strike. Alex Caputo-Pearl, the union president, said in an interview today union officials are busy organizing parents, sending out negotiation updates and preparing school sites for the possibility that the...
By Vanessa Romo | July 29, 2014
A bigger team for teachers union but no agreement in sight
The latest LA Unified-UTLA bargaining session featured a change in tactics by the union but nothing close to an agreement. The union brought all seven officers into negotiations yesterday, signaling a shift to what it calls “big bargaining.” And it’s likely to get bigger: The union said in a statement future bargaining sessions would include...
By LA School Report | July 25, 2014