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
UTLA holds morning rally to insist Deasy be thrown into ‘jail’
UTLA is calling on Superintendent John Deasy to lock himself in teacher jail while he’s under any investigation over iPads, computer systems or anything else. At a rally earlier today union President Alex Caputo-Pearl told a crowd of teachers, “We are saying that he has to play by his own rules… He must not report...
By Vanessa Romo | September 3, 2014
Deasy planning to hire his own liaison for MiSiS project
As LA Unified teachers continue their complaints about the district’s new student data management program, MiSiS, Superintendent John Deasy said today he plans to hire an independent liaison to keep him informed of corrective actions. “This is not my area of expertise so I have to be sure, when I think something is not optimal,...
By Vanessa Romo | August 21, 2014
LAUSD schools assured to start with no new teacher contract
LA Unified teachers will return to school next week with no new UTLA contract. Negotiators met for the second time yesterday, and the next session is not scheduled until Aug. 21 — nine days after school starts. While the teachers union put out a press release yesterday, chiding the district for not being cooperative, the...
By Vanessa Romo | August 7, 2014
UTLA’s Caputo-Pearl: ‘Our goal is to win a good contract’
With school about to open for 2014-2015, Alex Caputo-Pearl embarks on his first year as president of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). He couldn’t have found a busier time to begin his first term, with negotiations underway for a new collective bargaining contract, a curriculum transition to Common Core and a host of other issues...
By Vanessa Romo | August 6, 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
Deasy on UTLA’s talk of a strike: ‘breathtakingly irresponsible’
As LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy prepared to deliver his “State of the District” speech to school leaders and educators at Garfield High School today, he sat for a wide-ranging interview with LA School Report yesterday, addressing the possibility of a teachers strike, implementation of Common Core, his relationship with the board and the importance...
By Vanessa Romo | August 5, 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
LA Unified, teachers meeting today to discuss a contract
Negotiators for LA Unified and its teachers union, UTLA, had planned to meet today to discuss a new contract for teachers, based on the district’s latest offer. The district described it as an improvement over the initial offer, but days before the offer was officially made, the union dismissed it as a “non-starter” and continued...
By LA School Report | July 24, 2014