Special Ed Assistants at LAUSD Enforce Contract, Win Back Pay for 5.5% BII Differential – and a system to ensure district continues to pay differential

Winning a strong contract also means we need to stay active to make sure employers honor it. That’s exactly what Special Education Assistants at LAUSD did. In our latest contract, members won a 5.5% differential for Special Education Assistants who provide Behavior Intervention Implementation (BII) services as indicated in a student’s IEP. But LAUSD was not paying the differential. Members spoke out and LAUSD will be making the payout.

LAUSD says they have identified approximately 2,400 Special Education Assistants who provided BII services between April 18, 2023 when our contract was ratified and October 31, 2023, including Extended School Year 2023 (ESY).

Just in time for the holidays, the first retro payment of the stipend is scheduled to be paid on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, for Semi-Monthly (SM) payroll and on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, for Certificated (CE) payroll (approximately 50 Special Education Assistants who provided the services are now teachers).

To ensure that members providing BII services in the future are properly paid, the District said it is creating a special time reporting code. While the time reporting code is in development, the District will manually calculate and pay eligible Special Education Assistants as a lump sum payment of 5.5% based on all regular time worked while assigned to provide BII services. The district will calculate a second round of lump sum retro payments to pay Special Education Assistants providing BII services from November 1, 2023, through the development of the time reporting code. The time reporting code is anticipated to be completed in early Spring.

Let’s stay strong to make sure LAUSD honors our contract. If you are a Special Education Assistant and believe you were not paid for BII work you performed since April 18, 2023 to the present, complete an SEIU Local 99 Inquiry Form.

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