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LAUSD, teachers reach tentative agreement

File photo: LAUSD school board members voted to send hundreds of layoff notices to district teachers and other workers. The teachers union, which is in labor talks with the district, called the notices a "scare tactic."
File photo: Teachers and their supporters protest during one of many rallies prior to UTLA reaching an preliminary agreement with LAUSD.

Los Angeles Unified and the UTLA teachers union have reached a tentative agreement, the union announced on its website Friday night.

The agreement covering over 31,000 members calls for a 10 percent raise over two years and an re-opener in 2016-2017.

The pay raises would be phased in: 4 percent retroactive to July 1 and 2 percent retroactive to Jan. 1 and then 2 percent increases on July 1 of this year and again on Jan. 1, 2016.

Other negotiated items address teacher evaluations, guidelines on reassignments for teachers who are under investigation and representation for substitute teachers.

"Our aggressive organizing gave us strength at the bargaining table and tonight we came to terms on an agreement that includes improvements in learning and teaching conditions and a fair compensation package. We reached this agreement in the same week that the School Board approved an extension of full funding of our healthcare benefits," the union said.

The school board approved a three-year, $3.3 billion health package on Tuesday.

Voting on the tentative agreement along with the previously announced deal on health benefits will take place at school locations soon, the union stated.

If the agreement is approved by both the union members and the school board, the pay raises would represent the first for the teachers in eight years.