Deal with Workers Averts One-Day Strike that Could Have Shut Down L.A. Schools

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Nonteaching L.A. school district employees, including these who took part in a February protest, can now celebrate a new contract rather than plan for a strike. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Reprinted from The Los Angeles Times by 

Los Angeles school district and union officials announced a contract agreement Tuesday night that averted a one-day strike planned for next week.

The pact, which runs through June 2020, removes one labor problem from the desk of incoming Superintendant Austin Beutner — whose first day on the job would have coincided with the strike.

Plenty of other challenges remain.

The agreement also serves as an achievement for outgoing interim Superintendant Vivian Ekchian.

The deal applies to the 30,000 part-time and full-time nonteaching employees who are represented by Local 99 of Service Employees International Union. Local 99 represents bus drivers, cafeteria workers, teaching assistants and aides for disabled students.

Under the accord, these workers will receive a 3% raise retroactive to July 1, 2017. Some employees will receive 4% because they received smaller raises in the previous contract. These raises are permanent.

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