UTLA issued the following statement on today’s bargaining session with LAUSD
UTLA pressed the district for more details on the budget because some of the numbers LAUSD has presented in the media just don’t add up. The Superintendent claims the district’s offer amounts to a 26.3% increase for educators. In fact, UTLA has been offered a one-time bonus of 2% for the completed 2013-14 school year, and a 2% salary increase for the 2014-15 school year. How does a 2% salary increase amount to 26.3%?
The 26% figure is misleading because it includes an 8.1% increase in contributions to teacher pensions which is mandated by state law. It is not part of bargaining.
The district also estimates 9.6% unverified cost increases for things that are already in the collective bargaining agreement. LAUSD offered no explanation for how it came up with these estimates.
At the last bargaining session UTLA announced a shift in strategies to “big bargaining” which would include rank & file members; and outside academic and parent observers. The district said it objects to observers.
The district has been trying to silence UTLA on one of our key demands: smaller class sizes. Today district negotiators explained it’s an either or situation. Either students get the smaller classes they deserve or educators get compensated fairly after going seven years without a pay raise and taking what amounts to an 8% pay cut during the recession years.
We don’t buy it. Millions of extra dollars have already flowed into the district as part of the state’s new funding formula. We believe the district is trying to pit educators against parents and the community. UTLA is united with these groups around the campaign for The Schools LA Students Deserve.
At today’s session UTLA again called on the district not to implement the web based system to manage student data (MiSis) this year. To rush into this without proper training will result in disruption at schools for students and teachers. This is reminiscent of the district’s ill-fated iPad rollout.