LAUSD, Teachers Union Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

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Teachers travel in a union-hired bus to protests at three different schools. The union and district reached a tentative contract deal on April 17, 2015. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The L.A. Unified School District and the teachers union reached a tentative contract settlement Friday night for a three-year deal that includes a 10% salary increase over two years. There also are terms affecting class sizes, the number of counselors at schools and the district’s teacher evaluation system.

The deal could end more than a year of strained relations and organized agitation by United Teachers Los Angeles, whose members have not received a raise for eight years. The pact must be ratified, however, by both the union membership and the Board of Education.

The apparent breakthrough, after a long mediation session on Friday, will halt, at least for now, talk of a possible strike.

“This is an important step in restoring trust and partnership between LAUSD and UTLA,” said school board member Steve Zimmer. “Our message to our teachers is simple: We believe in you. I look forward to the stability and renewed collaboration this agreement will bring and to all us working together to improve outcomes for all students in L.A.”

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