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September 18, 2009 | 11:46 am

Teachers across Los Angeles are pushing to rescind a deal their union leader
made that could result in the loss of benefits and work for veteran
substitute teachers. Resolutions to cancel the agreement passed
overwhelmingly this week at seven of eight local area meetings across the
Los Angeles Unified School District, the union has confirmed.

The arrangement under challenge was signed in July by district officials and
A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. Under it, about 1,800
newly laid-off teachers advanced to the top of the pool of substitutes,
jumping over substitutes with more seniority.

The goal was to keep well-qualified laid-off teachers working, which also
would give them an incentive to remain with the district until they could be
rehired, said Duffy and Vivian Ekchian, the district's chief human resources
officer.

Because of the ongoing state budget crisis, the district on July 1 laid off
about 2,000 teachers who had not yet earned sufficient tenure protections.

Duffy said his expectation was that many, if not nearly all, of the teachers
would work as long-term substitutes at the schools where they had been laid
off. He said the agreement would provide stability for schools heavily hit
by the loss of teachers and keep the next generation of teachers in the
system. The primary beneficiary would be students, he said, especially those
at high-poverty schools, which had the most displacements because they also
employed a greater number of the less experienced teachers.

But substitutes decried the secret negotiations with the district, which
were held without representation for them, in possible violation of contract
provisions.

Substitutes must work at least one day a month to keep their benefits and
must work at least 100 days to earn benefits for the following year. The
district typically uses about 2,200 subs a day, so 1,800 new ones could take
up most of the work. On the first day of the traditional school year, the
district used 1,446 subs, of whom 667 were laid-off teachers working in
long-term sub placements.

The veteran subs assert that the deal, which is valid for one year, could
undermine seniority protections for all teachers.

"UTLA has acted illegally against its own teachers to subvert the contract,"
said substitute committee chairman Dave Peters in an email to fellow subs.
"The other teachers need to be educated about the theft of our jobs. Their
own jobs and benefits will be in jeopardy if UTLA can so easily sell
us out."

Union members so far have sided with the substitutes: The motions to rescind
apparently won majority support from all the teachers at this week's
meetings, not just from the subs. The union's representative body will take
up the issue at its October meeting.

-- Howard Blume


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What I find most interesting about this article is that subs receive benefits in Los Angeles! Wow! I would love to receive benefits.
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All I can say is be appreciative that you ever got benefits. Here subs get NO representation and we get paid if we work and don't if we don't. Simple as that, no other $$ involved.

All I can say toCalif. people is - life is so expensive there! Is the weather THAT nice? Why not consider moving? Many parts of the nation - such as KS are in teacher shortage. We have great pay (relative to our area) and when you compare to CA life is much cheaper here. You could probably sell your home and move here and pay cash for one of ours! KWIM?

I am sorry subs and teachers are going through all that in CA. That is messed up. If my state continued to screw me over I think I'd take my $$ somewhere else!
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that's easier said than done. Many of us have a been here for many years and actually consider CA home. As a matter of fact, I have a home here and really would hate to move to Kansas. Teacher shortages are fewer than teacher lay-offs and/or cut backs nationally. CA is NOT the only state suffering from cut backs. Also, not every school district in CA is as dysfunctional as the one mentioned.
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I live in nor cal and I was layed off but rehired two days before school started. The CTA attny told me that if i was layed off they WERE REQUIRED to offer me all sub jobs and once I worked 20 days--NOT CONSECUTIVELY--I was eligible to receive my reg rate of pay. We don't get benefits tho. It was my understanding that this was ed code.(?) I may have to see the attny later again this week if so, I will ask if it is ed code for certain.


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Also in NorCal
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Day labor rate only, no additional bennies of any kind.

As for moving? Only if forced to do so. If forced to do so, I'd be looking in the south west in a tax friendly and government friendly state. Maybe Texas or New Mexico
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Texas isn't so friendly when it comes to property taxes. If I were to move I think it would be out of the USA.
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