After a long bargaining session on Friday, May 4, the District gave us their last, best, and final offer. While there was some movement, the District’s “best” just isn’t good enough.
- The District offered a three year contract with raises in the first year of 3% for everyone and an additional 1% for those who received a lower raise in the last contract.
- Additionally, the District offered a 3% differential for hours worked next year that may become a raise if the District is in good financial shape.
- The District also offered to re-open negotiations in the third year of the contract so we can negotiate for additional raises in the 2019-20 school year.
The District did increase their offer for a Cleanliness Fund from $1 million to $2 million to address ways to keep our schools cleaner. And they increased their offer for an Education and Training Fund to $200,000.
But even with this movement, LAUSD is proposing a takeaway that would make it more difficult for new hires to qualify for health care retirement benefits.
The District also said nothing about a “me-too” clause in the contract. We’re standing strong for a “me too.”
Now that the District has presented us with their last, best and final offer, our next step is mediation. This means that a neutral third party mediator will be brought in to help us reach an agreement. It also means that if we don’t reach an agreement through mediation, then the District can impose their offer on us. The only way we can stop the District from imposing their offer is by going on an economic strike next school year.
Our bargaining team is committed to continue to negotiate in good faith during the mediation process. Let’s all continue to stand strong for a fair contract.
Come learn more and help plan our next steps at one of these meetings:
Tuesday, May 8
Local 99’s Los Angeles Office: 2724 W. 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005
Wednesday, May 9
SEIU Local 99 Lynwood Office: 3651 E. Imperial Highway (US Bank Building) Lynwood, CA 90262
And save the Date for a Strategy Meeting on Saturday, May 12. Time and location will be announced soon.