Teachers at three South Los Angeles charter schools operated by The Accelerated Schools voted on Jan. 28 to approve a new labor agreement and to formally call for an end to their historic eight-day strike. Teachers returned to their classrooms Monday morning following a weekend of negotiations—mediated by Councilmember Curren Price—between the United Teachers Los Angeles union and The Accelerated Schools.
“If our communities are to thrive, we must invest in our schools, empower our educators and put students first," said Councilman Price, whose district includes The Accelerated Schools. “The children in our public schools may go on to discover breakthroughs for deadly diseases, develop the next social media platform or build a billion-dollar company; we all share an obligation to help them reach for that mountaintop.
The future of our communities will depend on the steps we take today to strengthen our public education system.”
Monday's ratification vote puts in place an agreement that will cover the terms and conditions of Accelerated teachers’ employment through the 2020-2021 school year.
Newly negotiated provisions include:
- Three months’ severance package including salary and benefits for any teacher who is not offered an employment contract from one year to the next.
- An improved arbitration process that requires a unanimous vote of the Accelerated Board of Trustees in order to reverse any decision made by an arbitrator.
- Annual signing bonuses of $10,000 for teachers who return to their positions at the beginning of each school year.
- The formation of a Collaborative Consensus Committee for stakeholders to discuss issues and create and implement improvements to schoolwide processes and practices.
- Annual increases in the employer’s share of healthcare costs.
Added Jeff Good, UTLA Executive Director: “The heroic efforts of teachers, parents, and students at The Accelerated Schools have resulted in significant progress toward addressing the problems that led to this strike. UTLA appreciates the great work of Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price and his staff in helping us reach an agreement.”
The strike at The Accelerated Schools was the first charter school strike in California’s history.