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Lab School Bargaining Update #3 August 15


We started our third bargaining session today passing several proposals to the UCLA Administrative Bargaining Team. To date, we have passed 14 proposals which will memorialize and make improvements to past practices at UCLA Lab School with enforceable contract language. These proposals will help us stabilize our community and provide predictability regarding workload, compensation, review processes, and other bargaining priorities for Demonstration Teachers.

Our excellent faculty deserve to bargain over a full range of topics. Nadine Fishel, Chief Negotiator for the Unit 18 Agreement, stated we would bargain a contract on many topics. Our UC Prek-12 colleagues at Geffen Academy and Preuss School have already done so. Take a look at their robust MOUs (side letters):

Preuss School Memorandum

Geffen Academy Memorandum

UCLA Lab School Demonstration Teachers’ proposals correspond to many of the ideas and concepts set forth in previous UCLA Lab School MOUs (side letters), which have addressed a wide-range of topics outside of salary and compensation. We are presenting articles, noted in the parentheses, that include language on instructional minutes (calendar), unassigned days (calendar), review process (merit), professional development funding (professional concerns), payment for public engagement (professional concerns), stipends, personal days (leaves), and substitute pay (instructional support). Bargaining Picture.png

The UCLA Administrative Bargaining Team, however, has still not responded to any of our proposals or presented any counterproposals of their own. They maintain that they are only obligated to bargain over salary.

We believe that UCLA Lab School Demonstration Teachers deserve the same support, protections, and respect that our colleagues at Geffen Academy and UCSD Preuss School have received throughout their MOU negotiations.