The Los Angeles Unified School District reached a tentative contract agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles. The union’s demands were often stated in public: “We are fighting for smaller class sizes, fully staffed schools, clean and safe schools, improved learning conditions, improved working conditions, and fair compensation. These issues are too important to give up on.”
But an analysis of the agreement by the Los Angeles Daily News reveals the district “is not contractually obligated to hire a single teacher to help ease crowded classrooms.”
The union did negotiate 5 percent in back pay, and a 10.36 percent increase to the salary schedule next year.
The union claims $13 million has been guaranteed to hire new teachers. When asked about the guarantee’s absence from the contract, UTLA spokeswoman Suzanne Spurgeon said, “There was no need to include it in the written agreement.”
I doubt those words have ever before been spoken by a union representative.
As is typical in the state of California, the district negotiated the contract without knowing if it has the money to pay for it. LAUSD is running a deficit and has already sent out hundreds of layoff notices to teachers. District officials are banking on the state to deliver additional revenues.