TALB Update: Friday, May 6, 2022 – Tentative Agreement FAQ Answers

TALB Update: Friday, May 6, 2022 – Tentative Agreement FAQ Answers

TALB Update: Friday, May 6, 2022

Friday, May 6, 2022

Tentative Agreement – Additional FAQ’s

What is ADA?
ADA refers to Average Daily Attendance. Schools are funded based on attendance, students showing up, butts in seats. The District receives funding based on this attendance = ADA. Snapshots of ADA are reported to the state throughout the school year. Then the state distributes funding to the district based on the Average Daily Attendance. Pre-pandemic LUBSD was around 97% ADA, now, for a variety of reasons, we are experiencing less than 90% attendance. In simple terms, we are not getting the full funding of a COLA – Cost Of Living Adjustment, more like 90% of it. Bargaining the wages and benefits for our members is a challenge because most districts treat the art of budgeting as though it were a science, it is not. Districts typically present budget data as objective criteria, which in turn creates two distinct challenges. First, Districts have virtually no control over the revenue side of the budget but must live within whatever means provided by local, state and federal agencies. Second, budgeting, by necessity, involves conjecture. There is no way to predict revenue, accurately, two to three years out. A major portion of the revenue the state receives is based on progressive taxation. The rich, as they should, pay higher rates of tax on income and on capital gains. If the stock market is doing well, the coffers of the state will do well. Given the volatility of the markets, the war in Europe, costs of fuel and accelerating declining enrollment, it is anyone’s guess what revenue will “consistently” look like. The Association can and should agree we have a common interest with the district regarding finance and our joint fiduciary responsibility. 

What are a district’s “reserves”?
State law requires districts to keep a certain percent of money in a savings, dedicated for economic uncertainty. A District this size is required to have at least 2% of their budget saved. Bare in mind, 2% would not cover one payroll period for the District. Over the years the reserves have increased due to several factors. First, the hope that lessons learned, history will not repeat itself. The District was not prepared for the financial crash of 2008. There was not a sufficient reserve/savings to weather the “Great Recession”. Such hubris, we did not even have a seniority list and had to create one from scratch. The District will never be able to save enough money to avoid a layoff if we face a radical cut in school funding, but it can mitigate the number of layoffs by having sufficient reserves/savings. Last year, the state gave economic incentives for school districts to reopen for in-person instruction in spring. These incentives were delivered as “one time” money. There were infusions of “one-time” money from the state and federal government with the expectation that schools would remain open for in-person instruction 2021-22 and programs would be established to mitigate “unfinished learning”. The lion’s share of school funding comes from the state. The state budget runs from July 1 through June 30. The revenue and the budget that we are now living with was made back in June of 2021, long before the pressure of inflation started heating up. The amount of new money the District could receive for 2021-22 was a little more than 5% for COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment). Bare in mind COLA does not represent the true cost of all consumables, nor does it accurately reflect inflation. If the students do not report to class, the District does not receive the revenue. The rationale for the current “on-schedule” settlement was based on revenue the District received – (COLA X ADA). Yes, we are keenly aware that a 4.5% ongoing salary increase does not cover the costs of inflation. Last year’s state budget did not anticipate these inflationary pressures, we are bargaining with the revenue that was promised to schools for the fiscal year 2021-22 and receiving about 90%. Reserves are “one time” money. Some of the reserve is “restricted” – it can only be spent on specific programs (hiring certificated and classified personnel, tutoring, infrastructure, etc.). Some of the reserve is earmarked to settle negotiations with other employee groups – CSEA has not had a salary settlement since 2018-19. Some of the reserve is “unrestricted” – it can be used for compensation, which typically comes in “one time” off schedule payments, hence the 2.5% off schedule. Similar to moving a portion of your savings to your discretionary spending account. The key to understanding “one time” money is that it is “one time”. Our brothers and sisters in CSEA tried to make the argument during “mediation” and “fact finding” that reserves could be used for ongoing expenses, like an on schedule raise. CSEA had proposed a 7% ongoing raise for 2019-20 based on the District’s reserves. The “fact finder” did not agree and CSEA ended up settling on the exact same raises we negotiated for 2019-20. (Link for CSEA Fact Finding Report)

Will the state address inflation in the upcoming state budget effective July 1, 2022?
State legislators are currently developing a budget. Governor Newsom will discuss a May revise – a projection of state revenues and proposed spending by mid May. Proposals in the Department of Education are being debated right now to offset inflation and provide more funds for schools, 2022-23, that ideally addresses inflation. In early June, the bargaining process will begin again for compensation and contract language for the 2022-23 school year. The current tentative compensation package is for the year we’ve practically finished, 2021-22.

Why does the district want full day Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten? 
LBUSD has been interested in full day TK and full day K for a long time. There have been numerous pilot programs; extended day, full day, modified day, etc. The vast majority of surrounding school districts have full day TK & K, to the extent we are losing enrollment to other school districts. In negotiations we had lengthy conversations about these programs to the degree there are two different MOU’s to provide support for the implementation of these programs. This will be a dramatic shift. A revision of Kindergarten from what has historically been the “Long Beach Way”. If you are experiencing anxiety and have concerns, you may want to consider discussing the matter with your site administrator and propose a change of grade level assignment for 2022-23. In theory, Kindergarten will look different in 2023-24 after the Transitional Kindergarten students have had a full year of full day instruction. If you are interested in being on the committee that will work to address problems as they arise for 2022-23, please email Dr. Christine Kelly, TALB President at ckelly@talb.org Everyone wants full day TK & K to be a success, the District wants direct feedback during its maiden voyage. In addition, the District continues to explore the feasibility of opportunities to support this transition; adjusting schedules for the first few weeks to allow for assessments, augmenting staff support – given personnel availability, release time to visit full day classrooms, forums to discuss classroom management and effective use of new classroom furniture. 

How does the Tentative Agreement process work?
When the Bargaining Team feels it has reached the best possible agreement, the tentative agreement is sent to the Executive Board for approval for a general membership vote. It has been a long time since we’ve reached an agreement so late in the year. In order to get members remunerated as quickly as possible, there are compressed timelines. After every tentative agreement is reached and the Executive Board approves the TA, we hold a General Membership meeting before the voting begins. Before the pandemic, we would meet annually at Longfellow E.S. to discuss and answer questions the general membership may have about any of the agreements. If the tentative agreement passes by a majority vote (more than half), the Board of Education can approve the agreement on May 18 and the process for getting paid the 4.5% retroactive to July 1, 2021 can begin. 

WHO IS ON THE TALB BARGAINING TEAM?
Bargaining Chair: Corrin Hickey – Lakewood H.S., Bargaining Members: Julie McCall – Nelson M.S., John Kane – Jordan H.S., Gerry Morrison – McBride HS, Maritza Summers – Mann E.S., Kevin Quinn – Edison E.S., John Solomon – MacArthur E.S., Sybil Baldwin – CDC, Maria Garcia – Head Start & Chris Callopy – TALB Staff
 
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE TALB MEMBERSHIP REJECTS THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT?
The terms of the Tentative Agreement won’t take effect and we will return to the bargaining table and continue negotiations. The potential prospect of going through mediation and fact finding would further delay compensation until the fall or later. 
 
SHOULD I VOTE IN FAVOR OF THE TENTATIVE AGREEMENT?
Each TALB member must make their own assessment on how to vote, but we strongly encourage every member to vote. The Bargaining Team recommends a YES vote on the agreement. The TALB Executive Board recommends a YES vote on the agreement.

Click on the following links for full details:

  1. Co-Collaborative Teaching MOU
  2. Transitional Kindergarten MOU
  3. Kindergarten MOU
  4. CDC | HS – Compensation & Contract Language
  5. K-12 Compensation & Contract Language

Calendar for Ratification
 
General Membership Meetings to discuss the Tentative Agreement – Question & Answer with your bargaining team and TALB leadership at:
Longfellow E.S. on May 10, 2022 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Longfellow E.S. 3800 Olive Ave, Long Beach 90807 – Auditorium

Voting on the Tentative Agreement Begins Wednesday May 11 through Friday May 13 @ 4:30 p.m. (Electronic Voting through Simply Voting) Voting results will be posted in the electronic newsletter on Friday, May 13

Do we have your personal e-mail? This is where your ballot to vote will be sent.
CDC – Head Start members will vote for changes in their contract.
K-12 members will vote for changes in their contract.
 
Next Steps –

  1. Tentative Agreement General Membership Meeting Q & A – Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30-5:30 (CONFIRMED @ Longfellow E.S. Auditorium)
  2. Membership Vote – Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13 @ 4:30 p.m.
  3. Voting results will be released with the E-Update on Friday, May 13 (evening)

RSVP with Veronica Castillo vcastillo@talb.org for our
Member Appreciation Day


RSVP with Veronica Castillo vcastillo@talb.org for our
Member Appreciation Day


 


Retirement Workshop – In-Person @ TALB – May 26   4:30 to 6:30PM

May 26, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. TALB will be hosting a retirement seminar. This in-person workshop is limited to 60 members. Please RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Can’t make the seminar?
There are many things to consider when retiring. Your first step is CalSTRS. Go to calstrs.com and create an account. The website has different tools to give a ball park estimate on your pension benefits. For more accurate data you need to make a “one on one” with a CalSTRS counselor.

Individual Benefits Planning Session

Explore your CalSTRS benefits and services with the help of a CalSTRS benefits specialist in a confidential, one-on-one setting.

  • Your personalized CalSTRS benefit estimates.
  • Beneficiary options and how to leave a lifetime benefit to your loved ones.
  • How to purchase service credit and what happens to your unused sick leave.
  • Concurrent retirement—retiring from more than one California public retirement system.
  • Considerations pertaining to health benefits, Medicare and Social Security.

For available session dates and times, simply call 800-228-5453 and select option 3.

When should I let the District know I’m going to retire?
Ideally, as soon as possible. We know that making the decision to retire can be hard and very personal. Some folks want to retire and go quietly in the night, with little or no fanfare. Others want to shout their retirement from their rooftops and dance! You can submit your retirement paperwork electronically to the District and not have it be publicly disclosed until after school is out for the summer. This helps the District plan for your replacement, but more importantly, it may help one of your colleagues avoid the unnecessary anxiety and stress of potentially being displaced/transferred from your school site. 


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • A Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Muir K-8 Virtual Site Visit 5/11 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Counselors Forum 5/12 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Membership Appreciation Day 5/13 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Beer Club
Friday, June 3 @ 4:00 p.m.
O’Connor’s Pub
4130 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood 90712
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, May 4.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:

  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


Update your Beneficiaries
The cycle of life. Every year we have a few members pass. Your TALB/CTA/NEA membership provides a survivor’s benefit up to $6,000.00. Sadly, every now and again, we have a member pass who did not update their beneficiaries. We can only issue the benefit to the individual(s) listed on your survivor’s benefit form. Life comes at you fast. Relationships change. If you have any questions about your survivor’s benefit please call the office at 562-426-6433.


CTA Conferences & Grants
For full details and to apply for a grant, go to www.CTA.org/grants.


 


TALB Bargaining Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Tentative Agreement Details

TALB Bargaining Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – Tentative Agreement Details

TALB Update: Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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Tuesday – May 03, 2022
Good Morning. The TALB Executive Board approved the Tentative Agreement (TA) last night. Click on the following links for full details:

  1. Co-Collaborative Teaching MOU
  2. Transitional Kindergarten MOU
  3. Kindergarten MOU
  4. CDC | HS – Compensation & Contract Language
  5. K-12 Compensation & Contract Language
Next Steps
  • General Membership Meeting Tuesday, May 10 from 4:30-5:30 @ Longfellow E.S. Auditorium 
  • Membership Vote – Wednesday, May 11 – Friday, May 13 @ 4:30 p.m.
  • Voting results will be released with the E-Update on Friday, May 13 (updated).

 


Retirement Workshop – In-Person @ TALB – May 26   4:30 to 6:30PM

May 26, 2022 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. TALB will be hosting a retirement seminar. This in-person workshop is limited to 60 members. Please RSVP with Veronica Castillo at vcastillo@talb.org

Can’t make the seminar?
There are many things to consider when retiring. Your first step is CalSTRS. Go to calstrs.com and create an account. The website has different tools to give a ball park estimate on your pension benefits. For more accurate data you need to make a “one on one” with a CalSTRS counselor.

Individual Benefits Planning Session

Explore your CalSTRS benefits and services with the help of a CalSTRS benefits specialist in a confidential, one-on-one setting.

  • Your personalized CalSTRS benefit estimates.
  • Beneficiary options and how to leave a lifetime benefit to your loved ones.
  • How to purchase service credit and what happens to your unused sick leave.
  • Concurrent retirement—retiring from more than one California public retirement system.
  • Considerations pertaining to health benefits, Medicare and Social Security.

For available session dates and times, simply call 800-228-5453 and select option 3.

When should I let the District know I’m going to retire?
Ideally, as soon as possible. We know that making the decision to retire can be hard and very personal. Some folks want to retire and go quietly in the night, with little or no fanfare. Others want to shout their retirement from their rooftops and dance! You can submit your retirement paperwork electronically to the District and not have it be publicly disclosed until after school is out for the summer. This helps the District plan for your replacement, but more importantly, it may help one of your colleagues avoid the unnecessary anxiety and stress of potentially being displaced/transferred from your school site. 


Zoom | Virtual Site Visits
  • A Virtual Site Visit invitation will be sent to individual members. Check your personal email for Zoom invitations.
  • Stephen M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/2 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lindbergh M.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/3 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Lafayette E.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/4 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Birney E.S. Virtual Site Visit 5/5 | 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Psychologists Forum 5/5 | 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Beer Club
Friday, May 27 @ 4:00 p.m.
Syncopated Brewing
3671 Industry Ave unit C1, Lakewood, CA 90712
RSVP with John Solomon at jsolomon@talb.org


Next BOE Meeting is Wednesday, May 4.  School board meetings are typically livestreamed on the LBUSD YouTube Channel.

2022 Upcoming Scheduled Meetings:

  • May 4
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 22

LBUSD Board & Exec Staff Contact Info


Membership Appreciation – Tacos with TALB – May 13  3:00-6:00pm


Tacos with TALB!
Thank you teachers, counselors, speech pathologists, librarians, nurses and psychologists! You make LBUSD work! Come join us for a fun afternoon of tacos, beverages and ice cream provided free by our wonderful sponsors. On Friday, May 13 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PLEASE RSVP with Veronica Castillo vcastillo@talb.org TALB is located on 4362 Atlantic Ave. 90807.

Update your Beneficiaries
The cycle of life. Every year we have a few members pass. Your TALB/CTA/NEA membership provides a survivor’s benefit up to $6,000.00. Sadly, every now and again, we have a member pass who did not update their beneficiaries. We can only issue the benefit to the individual(s) listed on your survivor’s benefit form. Life comes at you fast. Relationships change. If you have any questions about your survivor’s benefit please call the office at 562-426-6433.


CTA Conferences & Grants
For full details and to apply for a grant, go to www.CTA.org/grants.


 


Bargaining Update: WE NEED YOU! Join the April 13 Rally/Protest

Bargaining Update:  WE NEED YOU! Join the April 13 Rally/Protest

What’s next? The board of education can and should step in. Budgets are built on priorities. The next Board of Education meeting is set for April 13, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. We are asking ALL of our members to show up at 1515 Hughes Way for a rally/protest.


Bargaining Update: Thursday, March 24

Today the LBUSD and TALB bargaining teams met.

There is no agreement surrounding full day Transitional Kindergarten. There is no agreement surrounding full day Kindergarten. TALB understands the communities’ interest in these programs. Having a full day Transitional Kindergarten and full day Kindergarten that is adequately staffed is critical for instructional success and safety. Co-Collaborative Teaching (CCT) needs to be hammered out as well, particularly with the District expanding these programs with no agreements.  While we do not have any further large group negotiation dates set at this time, we do plan on meeting in small group to deal with TK, Kinder and CCT prior to going to mediation. Having these items settled prior may make mediation, if necessary, more focused.

Compensation 
The District has offered 4% on schedule and a 3% off schedule.
TALB has countered with a 6% on scheduled and 1% off schedule.
Off schedule payments do not help our less senior members deal with sky-rocketing inflation. On schedule raises set the bar for our retiring members who will be living on a fixed income and facing $6.00 a gallon for gas. We understand the fiscal challenges the District is facing with declining enrollment. However, the District has maintained and built large reserves for several years and has received massive infusions of revenue from the state and federal government.

What’s next? The board of education can and should step in. Budgets are built on priorities.
The next Board of Education meeting is set for April 13, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m. We are asking ALL of our members to show up at 1515 Hughes Way for a rally/protest.

Poster board and markers will be available at TALB, starting on Monday, March 28, 2022. We need to encourage the Board of Education to get executive staff to make adequate proposals on Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Co-Collaborative Teaching and compensation.

Every voice counts. Make yours heard!

Bargaining Update: Tuesday, January 18

Bargaining Update: Tuesday, January 18

Bargaining Update: Tuesday January 18

Today the negotiating teams met. Summary –
Article II – Recognition of Exclusive Representation
Adding – School & Guidance Counselors & Psychologists
Excluding – Head Counselors & Lead Psychologists
Article IV – Association Rights
Use of cell phones for business & personal use.
Article V – Days And Hours of Employment
The District presented concepts for a full day Kindergarten. The proposals are predicated by the California Department of Education – Ed Code – 8281.5  (B) Develop a plan for consideration by the governing board or body at a public meeting on or before June 30, 2022, for how all children in the attendance area of the local educational agency will have access to full-day learning programs the year before kindergarten that meet the needs of parents, including through partnerships with the local educational agency’s expanding learning offerings, the After School Education and Safety Program, the California state preschool program, Head Start programs, and other community-based early learning and care programs.

In short, the legislature has provided resources to school districts to implement “Universal Transitional Kindergarten” [“Kindergarten” includes Transitional Kindergarten, as defined in Education Code 48000 Section (d) For purposes of this section, “transitional kindergarten” means the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate. (e) A transitional kindergarten shall not be construed as a new program or higher level of service.

The District is currently piloting full-day Kindergarten at some sites for the 2021-22 school year. The TALB bargaining team made an information request for all of the participants in this year’s pilot and all the potentially impacted Kindergarten teachers. Once this data is secured we will hold Zoom forums to flesh out the plus / delta of the current program and how to implement a global program for the entire District.
Deja vu? Yes, back on January 15, 2020 a forum has held at Longfellow ES to discuss the implementation of a District wide full-day Kindergarten. At that time, legislation had not mandated school districts provide access. Next school year, 2022-23 that will be different.

Kinder Forum 1/26 Wednesday via Zoom 4:30-6:00 RSVP vcastillo@talb.org
1/31 Monday via Zoom 4:30-6:00 RSVP 
vcastillo@talb.org

  • Acknowledging adjunct duties of TALB Representative, reduce overall hours of adjunct duties.
  • Replacement Service – include elementary teachers in remuneration.
  • Mileage – update language to reflect itinerate travel.
  • Adjust the amounts for valuables or vehicle damage while on duty.
  • Providing enhanced safety for staff.
  • Investing in more nursing services for sites.
Article X Class Size & Staffing Ratios
  • Compensation for combination classes.
  • Limit number of preparation periods.
  • Multi-site limits for itinerants.
  • Parameters for Block Schedule vs. Traditional 6 period day.
Article XII Evaluation 
  • Providing clarity surrounding the 5 year alternate evaluation cycle.
  • Moving to all electronic evaluations.
Compensation
  • The District & TALB will discuss compensation, for the 2021-22 school year, at the next negotiations meeting, Friday, February 4, 2022.
  • Adjust Pathway Leads – compensation.

Bargaining Update: Wednesday, January 5

Bargaining Update: Wednesday, January 5

Bargaining Update: Wednesday, January 5

The TALB & LBUSD Bargaining Teams met all day today. School safety was the primary focus, although we had a lengthy conversation surrounding the District’s financial footing and exchanged contract proposals on language for Counselors and Psychologists.

Exclusionary Pay & Worker’s Compensation
From January 1, 2021 through September 21, 2021 employees had access to COVID-19 supplementary sick leave under labor Code 248.2. (80 hours or 10 working days.) This could be used for:

  • Caring for Yourself: The covered employee is subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 (see note below), or has been advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to COVID-19, or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a medical diagnosis.
  • Caring for a Family Member: The covered employee is caring for a family member who is either subject to a quarantine or isolation period related to COVID-19 (see note below) or has been advised by a healthcare provider to quarantine due to COVID-19, or the employee is caring for a child whose school or place of care is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 on the premises.
  • Vaccine-Related: The covered employee is attending a vaccine appointment or cannot work or telework due to vaccine-related side effects.

This expired on October 1, 2021.
Today, the District has made a commitment to provide exclusionary pay and worker’s compensation pay retroactive to October 1, 2021. What does that mean?
Exclusionary Pay – An employee who was excluded from work because of a workplace COVID-19 exposure. If you were sent home from work for exposure or told to quarantine from October 1, 2021 going forward, you may now recoup those sick days.
Worker’s Compensation Pay – An employee who became ill with COVID-19 and can reasonably attribute their work location as the nexus of exposure and infection from October 1, 2021 going forward, may now recoup those sick days. How to document you were infected at work? A staff general notification of exposure, administrative communique of exposure, parent/student contact notification of COVID-19 positive.
Details are still being fleshed out and we hope to have more specifics by Friday, January 7, 2022. This should help those who have lost accrued leave since October 1, 2021 and help those going forward who need to quarantine or become ill with COVID-19 during this omicron variant surge.

Staff Meetings
The District agreed to have the mandated 4 hours of meetings a month be held via zoom until further notice. The caveat being they were not confident that communication to all site administrators could be accomplished this week. To give credit where credit is due, some site managers have already made this week’s staff meeting virtual. If you are at a site where your administrator is being proactive, please thank them. By Friday, the District is confident all sites will be informed that ALL staff meetings will be virtual via zoom.

Testing for COVID-19
The Association has been inundated with calls and emails regarding the unavailability of COVID-19 tests. Whether it be at the site level or for personal use. Hind sight is always 20/20 and the proverbial adage – “would of, could of, should of” comes to mind. Large systems, like Los Angeles Unified (how often do we point to LAUSD as an example?) committed resources earlier in the pandemic to test all students and staff. It is unfortunate that LBUSD did not make that same commitment. From our understanding, it was not because of a lack of resources but a lack of political courage to truly mandate all students and staff be tested. If you remember in the fall, parents had to opt their child into testing. So while we used to have testing, it really wasn’t testing, more like a random surveillance. Regardless, we are now at place where testing would provide students and staff a modicum of safety even if we know it is a false sense of security. Right now in L.A. county every person who is infected is spreading it to two other people on average. By the time people get test results (48-72 hours) they may have been infected with omicron or the flu, which some genius has named “flurona”.

In any event, LBUSD and TALB have reached out to civic leaders in the City of Long Beach to determine if they have COVID-19 testing capacity. We would not be surprised if they don’t. At home kits promised by the Governor have not arrived yet. The Long Beach Health Department has not fully revised their new COVID-19 regulations to mirror those that Los Angeles County Health Department have instituted. And it doesn’t help that both the County and the City Health Departments decided to revise their protocols on New Year’s eve, two days before school returned on Monday. If you feel a much more robust testing protocol should be implemented please write the Governing Board of Education. Their next meeting is schedule for January 19, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Juan Benitez – President – – jbenitez1@lbschools.net 562-997-8240
Megan Kerr – Vice-President – mmkerr@lbschools.net 562-997-8240
Erik Miller – Member – EMiller1@lbschools.net   562-997-8240
Diana Craighead – Member – dcraighead@lbschools.net 562-997-8240
Doug Otto – Member – Doug Otto – DOtto@lbschools.net 562-997-8240

 

2021-22 Bargaining Survey Results

Here are the results of the 2021-22 TALB Bargaining Survey

Results – Bargaining Survey 2021-22
Start: 2021-06-04 06:30:00 America/Los_Angeles
End: 2021-06-14 16:30:00 America/Los_Angeles
Turnout: 1367 (40.3%) of 3389 electors voted in this ballot.


Member Organizing Results

1) Are you willing to:
Write emails to Board of Education members?

Option Votes
Yes 970 (73.9%)
No 343 (26.1%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 54 (4.0%)

2) Are you willing to:
Write emails to Executive Staff (Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendents, etc.)
Option Votes
Yes 903 (69.1%)
No 403 (30.9%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 61 (4.5%)

3) Are you willing to:
Attend Board of Education meetings?
Option Votes
Yes 742 (56.8%)
No 564 (43.2%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 61 (4.5%)

4) Are you willing to:
Leaflet (engage) parents and community members?
Option Votes
Yes 505 (38.9%)
No 794 (61.1%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 68 (5.0%)

5) Are you willing to:
Rally / Protest at Board of Education meetings?
Option Votes
Yes 766 (58.9%)
No 534 (41.1%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 67 (4.9%)

6) Are you willing to:
Rally / Protest at Executive Staff’s homes?
Option Votes
Yes 207 (15.8%)
No 1099 (84.2%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 61 (4.5%)

7) Are you willing to:
Rally / Protest at Board of Education members’ homes?
Option Votes
Yes 198 (15.1%)
No 1113 (84.9%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 56 (4.1%)

8) Are you willing to:
Strike?
Option Votes
Yes 786 (61.5%)
No 493 (38.5%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 88 (6.4%)


Member Climate / Culture Results

1) How is your morale after teaching for about a year and a half during the pandemic?
Option Votes
Very High 42 (3.1%)
High 180 (13.3%)
Indifferent 329 (24.3%)
Low 480 (35.5%)
Very Low 321 (23.7%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 15 (1.1%)

2) The District has promoted “self-care”. How sincere do you believe your site administrator is regarding “self-care”?
Option Votes
Very sincere 191 (14.1%)
Sincere 431 (31.8%)
Indifferent 320 (23.6%)
Not sincere at all 413 (30.5%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 12 (0.9%)

3) Does your site administrator demonstrate empathy consistently?
Option Votes
Very consistent 290 (21.5%)
Consistent 395 (29.3%)
Somewhat consistent 374 (27.7%)
Not consistent at all 290 (21.5%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 18 (1.3%)

4) There will be equity training provided over the summer. Do you feel you have a clear idea on what equity means?
Option Votes
Absolutely Yes 349 (25.9%)
Mostly Yes 639 (47.3%)
Mostly No 239 (17.7%)
Absolutely No 123 (9.1%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 17 (1.2%)

5) Do you feel that your site administrator consistently practices equity?
Option Votes
Very consistent 206 (15.6%)
Consistent 447 (33.8%)
Somewhat consistent 390 (29.5%)
Not consistent at all 281 (21.2%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 43 (3.1%)

6) The District has proposed additional staffing to support schools for the 2021-22 school year. Were you involved in those decisions?
Option Votes
Absolutely Yes 61 (4.5%)
Mostly Yes 155 (11.5%)
Mostly No 312 (23.2%)
Absolutely No 815 (60.7%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 24 (1.8%)

7) The District is receiving more funding to support schools for the 2021-22 school year. Were you involved in how these funds would be spent at your site?
Option Votes
Absolutely Yes 60 (4.5%)
Mostly Yes 176 (13.1%)
Mostly No 349 (26.0%)
Absolutely No 759 (56.5%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 23 (1.7%)


Pandemic Time Capsule Interest

Would you be interested in contributing to the collection of experiences and stories about teaching during a pandemic? Reflecting on what went right? What went wrong? Moreover, what could we have done differently?
Option Votes
Absolutely Yes 129 (9.9%)
Mostly Yes 309 (23.6%)
Mostly No 616 (47.1%)
Absolutely No 254 (19.4%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 59 (4.3%)


Bargaining Priorities (Rank order 1-5)
1st Compensation/Salary
2nd Fringe Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, etc.)
3rd Class Size
4th Days & Hours
5th Due Process

VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 15 (1.1%)


Member Communication 
1) The Electronic Update (E-Update) will be getting a makeover during the summer. Do you receive the E-Update in your email?
Option Votes
Yes 1115 (83.8%)
No 215 (16.2%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 37 (2.7%)

2) Do you read the E-Update?
Option Votes
Yes 1073 (82.0%)
No 236 (18.0%)
VOTER SUMMARY
Total 1367
Abstain 58 (4.2%)


At the time of this writing, the State legislature and governor have not finalized a fiscal budget for 2021-22 , but should, by the end of next week. In the early fall the bargaining team will review the data (as well as thousands of individual comments) and craft a bargaining proposal to be approved by the TALB Executive Board and then the TALB Representative Council.

After that is completed, the next step is to formally “sunshine” the bargaining proposals. The term sunshine refers to the process of sending a document over to the District so that they can publicly disclose (sunshine) the negotiation interests for both TALB and LBUSD in a school board agenda. The public is given time to make comment on these proposals. This could happen in September or October. Once both parties (TALB & LBUSD) have sunshined their proposals, bargaining dates will be scheduled. Then the dance begins. Your bargaining team will need your support. We can ask for things, but if management doesn’t think we’ll turn out and organize around priorities, we will be at a disadvantage.

TALB’s Bargaining Team
Corrin Hickey, Bargaining Chair, Lakewood High School
Gerry Morrison, McBride High School
John Kane, Jordan High School
Mark Ennen, Newcomb K-8
Kevin Quinn, Los Cerritos Elementary School
Maritza Summers, Mann Elementary School
John Solomon, MacArthur Elementary School
Maria Garcia, Head Start
Sybil Baldwin, Child Development Center