LBUSD & teachers union reach a deal to allow teachers to work from home
Long Beach Unified School District and the Teachers Association of Long Beach announced they had reached a tentative agreement that would allow a majority of LBUSD teachers the "flexibility" to teach from home for the upcoming semester.
Here's the situation:
For the past couple of weeks, teachers and parents have been protesting via a caravan outside LBUSD headquarters, over the school district's decision requiring teachers to teach online in empty classrooms. The union wanted its members the flexibility to teach from home and reportedly even threaten to go on strike over safety issues due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The TALB Executive Board members will meet Tuesday, August 18 at 5:00 p.m. to review and vote on the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).
Union President Christine Kelly said "a major concern STILL exists with the amount of “synchronous” online instruction" and "as long as the district keeps early education sites open, not ALL of our members are going to have flexibility."
In July, the LBUSD sent a letter to teachers showcasing a plan for teachers to educate their students from empty classrooms, even though students would be taking classes online.
The LB Post was the first to report on the labor agreement.