Tentative Deal With CSEA Includes Raise

The Long Beach Unified School District and the California School Employees Association recently reached a signed tentative contract agreement. The agreement, pending approval by the Board of Education and ratification by CSEA’s membership, provides a 4 percent salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2005 and a 6 percent increase effective July 1, 2006. A timeframe for issuance of retroactive checks and inclusion of the 6 percent raise on paychecks is pending the additional approvals by CSEA and the Board of Education in the coming weeks. The tentative deal provides the same salary increases approved for other LBUSD employee groups in recent weeks, including teachers, managers and non-represented employees. As with the other employee groups, the tentative agreement with CSEA also provides incentives tied to career longevity. Under the agreement, the annual longevity increment provided to employees after their 14th year is $1,250, up from the current $500. The increment provided after 19 years is $1,250, up from $600. The amount provided after 24 years is $2,000, up from $900. Finally, a new increment provided after 29 years of service will provide $2,500 annually. These longevity increments would compound, so that the total of all career increments would be $1,250 annually after 14 years; $2,500 after 19 years; $4,500 after 24 years; and $7,000 after 29 years. The local CSEA chapter includes 3,200 union members. CSEA represents custodians, maintenance workers, cafeteria workers, groundskeepers, bus and truck drivers, mechanics, instructional assistants, warehouse workers, school support staff and other employees.