Dear UTLA member,
The following letter from UTLA President Warren Fletcher to LAUSD
Superintendent John Deasy was sent today:
Dr. John Deasy
3303 S. Beaudry Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Dear Superintendent Deasy:
On January 15, the UTLA House of Representatives, by a near-unanimous
vote, directed me to communicate to you, and to the School Board, UTLA's
salary negotiations demand for immediate bargaining and for implementation
retroactive to the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
UTLA's demand is for an increase in salary of 17.6%.
This demand reflects the undisputed fact that, since the beginning of the
recession, L.A.'s teachers and Health and Human Services professionals
have, again and again, voluntarily made deep financial sacrifices in order to
keep the District afloat. We have made these sacrifices even as workloads
have greatly increased, and while the cost of living has continued to
rise. Simple equity demands that these sacrifices be repaid.
This demand also reflects a new economic reality. In light of both the
passage of Proposition 30, and the steadily improving California economy, the
Governor and the Legislature have made it clear that it is their intent
to fully fund schools, and to repair the damage done to schools by the
recession, including a commitment to making teacher salaries competitive.
It would be a travesty if these statewide commitments to our schools and
our children were not translated to reality in Los Angeles, where the
children's needs are the greatest, and where the sacrifices by educators were
I look forward to your response.
President, United Teachers Los Angeles
cc: Members, LAUSD Board of Education