Happy New Year!
I hope all of you had a wonderful break and holiday season. As
you are no doubt aware, our colleagues across the state are not
experiencing such a happy start to the new year. Los Angeles
teachers (UTLA) returned to school only to be met with
disrespect and deceit on the part of administration in their
negotiations. If you listened to the competing news conferences
or read the many stories, it should have had a familiar ring to
it. UTLA is asking the same questions we did.
They are being
met with the same deceitful answers, as well. So how does this
always happen, throughout California, that the two sides can’t
agree on the figures? The simple answer is the consulting
group the districts use, School Services. This is the same
group that wrote the emails in our district that AEA published.
This is the same group that bragged about writing an offer that
had “no chance of giving AEA” a cent. This is the same group
that used two year old data and smoke and mirrors to say there
was no money. This is the same group that wrote “we’ll give them
enough rope to hang themselves and be done with them.”
confirmed with those involved that the same leader of that
consulting group who caused our bargaining strife, is at the
table for LAUSD. I am convinced that this group is at the heart
of almost every District’s labor strife throughout the state!
I am going to
request that Alvord not use this consulting group in future
negotiations and that our CTA leadership look into their
involvement of this consulting group in all Districts. If they
are found to be at the heart of the bargaining issues, take
action to expose them! With the new Governor’s proposed budget
there is even more money for programs, kids AND raises.
Districts are running out of places to hide money and losing the
excuses (STRS, declining enrollment, etc..) for not giving
raises. We anticipate beginning negotiations for salary and
contract early Spring and are hopeful for positive results!