The Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously approved a new contract with the district’s second-largest union Wednesday.
The new agreement with the California School Employees Association’s Long Beach chapter includes a 4.5% raise as well as a 2.5% bonus, among other items, for employees in the union, which represents more than 2,100 non-teacher employees, ranging from nutrition workers to bus drivers to custodians and maintenance staff.
The approval of the agreement brings to an end two years of drama between the CSEA and the district that included former union leadership threatening to strike, then subsequently being removed from their offices for allegedly doing so without adequately consulting union membership.
After union leadership was replaced with an administrator from the state CSEA office, a tentative agreement was quickly reached last month, which included raises commensurate with what the Teachers Association of Long Beach received from the district. CSEA ratified that agreement shortly after with approval votes of 98% and 95% over its two units, and now, with the school board’s unanimous approval, it becomes official.
“We’re really grateful for the work of the (negotiating team) and looking forward to … our CSEA members coming up and being made whole in equity with other units that have bargained before them,” LBUSD board president Megan Kerr said at the Dec. 14 meeting.