About the California Labor Management Initiative

Statewide Partnership

The California Labor Management Initiative (CA LMI) is a partnership between the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California County Superintendents Educational Services Agency (CCSESA), California Federation of Teachers (CFT), California School Boards Association (CSBA), California School Employees Association (CSEA), and the California Teachers Association (CTA), coordinated by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation (CDEF).

A map of districts and county offices of education that have participated in CA LMI events is available here.

Initiative Goals

  1. Build the collective knowledge base for supporting local labor-management collaborations in California;
  2. Build capacity and resources at the state, regional, and local levels to support local labor-management collaborations;
  3. Facilitate learning and sharing of promising labor-management practices among local labor-management teams; and
  4. Improve a wide range of educational outcomes.

Approach and Activities

In alignment with its goals, the CA LMI has provided a variety of activities and supports for participating districts and county offices of education.

A key support of the initiative is holding in-person convenings on a variety of topics of interest to districts and county offices such as research showing the positive impact of labor management collaboration, educator recruitment and retention, and Local Control and Accountability Plan development. These events are designed for districts or county offices of education to attend as teams consisting of at minimum, the classified union or association leader, the teachers union or association leader, a school board member, and the superintendent. Meetings to date have included the May 2015 Symposium in San Diego, the Late 2015 Introductory Convenings in Emeryville and Los Angeles, and the five 2016 Spring Regional Convenings across the state. As many participants have reported, these events provided a valuable space for district team members to further build relationships and discuss topics of mutual interest and importance to their district.

Additional supports include sharing and broadcasting success in labor management collaboration through newsletters and providing digital resources of interest to participating districts from district profiles, relevant research, and tools. Emerging supports will include an online and in-person (hybrid) course on labor-management collaboration leadership developed by Rutgers University Professors Saul Rubinstein and Charles Heckscher. Through a growing partnership with the Consortium for Education Change (CEC), the CA LMI will be providing intensive regional cohort training, facilitator training to build local capacity, and direct coaching to small number of districts. The CA LMI will also serve as a pilot community for California’s upcoming education resource exchange, Collaboration in Common, providing relevant resources for interested districts, county offices.