Teachers to Vote on 5 Percent Raise

Bargaining teams for the Long Beach Unified School District and the Teachers Association of Long Beach have reached a tentative agreement that includes a 5 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1 of this year. The tentative deal is subject to ratification by TALB’s membership and then approval by the Board of Education.

A ratification vote by TALB’s membership is scheduled for Dec. 9 to 11. The school board would consider the agreement shortly after the membership’s ratification. If the contract is approved, teachers could receive retroactive checks by the end of February. The 5 percent increase also applies to career increments (longevity), retroactive to July 1.

When combined with last year’s 3 percent raise, the tentative deal brings the total salary increase to 8 percent over two years, with no monthly premium co-payment for health plans.

The tentative agreement includes minor increases in deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket limits for the PPO health plan, but there is still no monthly premium co-payment for this plan. These minor changes to the PPO plan would not take effect until 2016.

Other features of the tentative deal include:

• A Local Control Funding Formula class size alternative agreement;

• A Special Day Class agreement allowing the average size of these classes to increase from 12 to 14;

• Language allowing kindergarten teachers to choose to work with kindergarten students or in other classrooms;

• A change in the health plan year from the current calendar year to match the school district’s fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). A shift in open enrollment would take place in May, with changes effective July 1.

The proposed contract would run through June 30, 2015.