Does LAUSD exist to serve students or public sector unions?

It’s unfortunate that Rembrandt, Picasso, Bach and Beethoven weren’t members of the Service Employees International Union, Local 99. If they’ve been, there’s doubtless to be a chance of getting them once more into the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Instead, the district is spending coaching tax to improve staffing in non-teaching union jobs, after which moaning that taxes are too low to assist public coaching adequately.

The precise truth is hiding in plain sight on the internet websites of the unions that faculty board members fawningly title “our labor partners,” probably out of fear that within the occasion that they ever stop fawning, the next election might see these unions companion with a rival candidate. Public employee unions in California pump obscene portions of money into political campaigns, money that comes from dues funds withheld from the paychecks of union members. More members means additional cash, further vitality and further fawning.

One method to improve the ranks of the membership is to battle in opposition to low-cost and compulsory cost-savings measures, comparable to subcontracting some work to private corporations, and coercing LAUSD to lease further union workers instead.

SEIU Local 99 brags on its web page that its most up-to-date contract has secured “improved staffing levels.” For occasion, the district agreed to arrange a “$2 Million Cleanliness Fund,” which “shall be managed by a committee composed of SEIU Local 99 members and representatives from management to improve school cleanliness.”

It’s not clear exactly what that means. Maybe they’re planning to lease further workers to clear up the mess when the slush fund overflows.

The district moreover agreed to arrange a pilot program “to give Local 99 members the opportunity” to change right into a “Behavior Intervention Implementation Provider,” instead of getting that work go to subcontractors. “This will improve staffing as BIIs become district employees,” the union says.

Notice that the primary focus isn’t on what’s best for troubled children nevertheless on the need to have further union members working for the district. There are moreover “improved protections against the subcontracting of Unit B and C work.” Local 99 members in Units B and C embrace “Special Education Assistants and Bus Drivers.”

LAUSD officers have repeatedly bargained away the ability to administration costs. The district gave up administration of the effectively being benefits package deal deal to a “Health Benefits Committee” led by the teachers’ union. The committee determines what the benefits package deal deal could be. Of course, the varsity board members ought to approve it. But good luck to them inside the subsequent election within the occasion that they don’t.

In April 2015, LAUSD despatched out a info launch celebrating that the Board of Education licensed a 3-year plan that may value larger than $3 billion for the effectively being benefits of energetic and retired LAUSD workers and their dependents. “The tentative agreement maintains coverage for more than 61,500 employees, 37,400 retirees and their eligible dependents,” with the district “absorbing those costs,” the knowledge launch declared, noting that the district would possibly want to “tap reserve funds to cover expenses.” The settlement allowed the district to expend to $147 million, or nearly half the reserve fund, to cowl any shortfalls.

Former Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines talked about he was hopeful the settlement would “calm the unrest” and be good for “morale,” which was sagging due to the chance of funds reductions and job cuts. However, he warned, persevering with safety on the same diploma in future contracts would require further funding. “Drastic changes need to be made if we are to sustain health benefits and honor our commitment to employees and retirees,” he talked about.

But no modifications have been made. In January 2018, a model new effectively being benefits settlement was launched between the district and the entire “labor partners,” along with SEIU, Teamsters, UTLA and unions representing the setting up trades, faculty police and administrators.

SEIU Local 99 boasted that the 3-year settlement preserved “all current healthcare plans, at no additional costs to members,” with “no two-tier system with lower benefits for new employees,” and with a assured reserve to help pay for bigger costs earlier 2020.

“We were able to beat back cuts to our health care benefits,” the union declared. “Now let’s keep fighting to expand benefits to more members and ensure a strong contract!”

Maybe you thought the intention of public schools was to educate children. Live and be taught.

Susan Shelley is an editorial creator and columnist for the Southern California News Group. Twitter: @Susan_Shelley.

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