LAUSD Contract Campaign to Lift our Schools and Raise our Communities 2017-09-21T14:40:18+00:00

We are Education Workers United Lifting Our Schools, Raising Our Communities

We are the backbone of quality education at Los Angeles Unified School District. We are 30,000 cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, teacher assistants, special education assistants, school supervision aides and others who ensure LAUSD students learn in clean, safe and supportive learning environments.

While the District has begun to restore programs and services lost during the recession, we know there is still much we need to get done. As front-line school workers, parents and members of the predominantly black and Latino communities we serve, we are committed to bargaining for a contract that will lift up the quality of education in all our schools and help our communities thrive. Join our campaign.

We are Education Workers United
Lifting Our Schools, Raising Our Communities

We are the backbone of quality education at Los Angeles Unified School District. We are 30,000 cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, teacher assistants, special education assistants, school supervision aides and others who ensure LAUSD students learn in clean, safe and supportive learning environments.

While the District has begun to restore programs and services lost during the recession, we know there is still much we need to get done. As front-line school workers, parents and members of the predominantly black and Latino communities we serve, we are committed to bargaining for a contract that will lift up the quality of education in all our schools and help our communities thrive. Join our campaign.

Najeeb Khoury, Director of Labor Relations and the guy sitting across from our Bargaining Team at the negotiating table, gets a taste of what it's like to do custodial work at an understaffed school. Watch the video.

LAUSD DIRECTOR OF LABOR RELATIONS WALKS A DAY IN OUR SHOES

BARGAINING PRIORITIES

Our Contract Bargaining Priorities book serves as the centerpiece of our campaign to lift our schools and raise our communities. Read it and download a copy. You can also get a copy at our next rally.

What We’re Fighting For

The District continues to depend on a largely part-time work force to provide critical support services, including student nutrition, health and safety, and classroom support. Additionally, after school programs and parent training, which are proven to increase graduation rates are in dire need of expansion. Career ladder opportunities to hire more teachers from our local school communities have not been funded in years. And while we’ve worked with the District to lift the wage floor at LAUSD, many of the District’s most experienced, long-time workers still struggle on wages that have not kept up with the rising costs of living.

We have identified four key areas that will address these problems and will be a focus of our negotiation with LAUSD:

Staffing Levels

Staffing levels on key student programs and services must be increased so that all students learn in clean, safe environments and have the support they need to succeed.

Read Julio’s story
Read Willie’s story

Fair Wages

School employees with years of dedication and experience must be compensated a fair wage. Wages aren’t just about money. Many of us are also parents of current LAUSD students. When parents have a good job, our children have the stability at home that they need to succeed in school.

Read Thresa’s story 

Training & Education

Teachers and staff who live in the same neighborhood as their schools know their students better than anyone else. We want to increase training and education opportunities to bring more local faces into our schools and foster stronger communities.

Read Maria’s story

Safety & Respect

The education of our children is also about the examples that we set for them. We can do this at our schools by fostering work environments where all employees are safe and respected.

Read Grace’s story

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Take Action

It’s going to take all of us to lift our schools and raise our communities. Let’s stand together as education workers and members of our communities. Join us, stay informed, and make a pledge to take action.

Make a Solidarity Pledge

Our contract will only be as strong as our unity and our resolve to win. Make a pledge to take action in solidarity with other SEIU Local 99 brother and sisters. These are ways we can stand united to win:

Distribute flyers and other information to your co-workers

Help get the word out at your work site. Keep your coworkers informed of bargaining updates and upcoming actions to put pressure on the District.

Attend rallies

By coming together publicly, we put on a show of force that tells the District we mean business and we have power. Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Become a Member of Local 99

The more union members who join our fight, the greater our strength. And only union members can vote on the final contract agreement.

Sign the Pledge

Join the Contract Action Team

Contract Action Team Members are made up of members, like you, who play a lead role in organizing and activating school workers around our campaign. You will keep members at your work site informed of what’s happening in negotiations and get them ready to take action when the time comes. Your main activities as a Team Member include:

Member-to-member Outreach

Communicate with your co-workers on the bargaining process and issues by distributing bargaining updates and flyers, holding meetings, through social media, and other means.

Mobilizing to action

Mobilizing fellow members for rallies and other collective actions.

Planning and Meet-ups

You will be the go-to person for keeping members updated and engaged in our campaign. Attending regular Contract Action Team meetings to stay updated and assist in planning actions.

Join the Contract Action Team

We push for more Special Ed hours and then LAUSD proposes cuts? Really?

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  SEIU Local 99’s LAUSD Bargaining Team is currently in contract negotiations with the District. In addition to wages and benefits, we’re pushing for better staffing and more services for the children with special needs [...]

Some progress on Special Ed and LAUSD accepts our Custodian challenge

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  Our Bargaining Team met with the District on Tuesday, July 18. We made some progress in regards to the subcontracting of work to Behavior Intervention Implementation (BII) providers. We discussed the concept of [...]

They’re Listening!

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We had a spirited and emotional Speak-Out in front of LAUSD Headquarters on Tuesday, June 13. And there’s no doubt that it had an impact on our bargaining session on Friday, June 16.  One of the first things the LAUSD negotiators said was that the School Board heard us -- and the District is working on a wage proposal to present to us soon. We let them know that we’re looking forward to a fair proposal.

Proposals for better staffing, wage increases and training. Are you ready to fight?

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During our bargaining session with LAUSD on May 10, we let the District know that they need to invest in what they have: dedicated workers! Some of us have decades on the job. We [...]

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Lifting Our Schools Blog

Together We Rise: Join our Labor Day March and Rally

As strong union members, we have the power to raise wages, fight back against cuts to staffing and work hours, demand respect for our work, and improve student services. We’re currently in contract negotiations with LAUSD. Let’s show our Union Strength to beat back cuts, protect and expand good jobs, and win the strong contract we deserve. On Labor Day, we’ll march with Fast Food Workers, Health Care Workers, Child Care Providers and other workers throughout the city to stand up for our right to unite and fight for a better future. Bring your co-workers, bring your family. Labor Day March & Rally Monday, September 4th at 9:30 am Meet in front of Ramon Cortines High School – 450 N. Grand Avenue. Downtown L.A. Corner of Cesar Chavez and Grand Ave. We’ll march to Grand Park from there. Free Transportation Available! Avoid Traffic! We’re offering free bus transportation to the [...]

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Deep cleaning is a deep challenge for L.A. Unified

Thanks to SEIU Local 99 members our schools are polished today as students go back to school. But the real issue is keeping schools clean throughout the school year. Read this L.A. Times article that features Local 99 President Conrado Guerrero and Custodian and Bargaining Team Member Edna Logan talking about how LAUSD needs to address workloads and staffing. It’s one of the issues we’re currently bargaining in our contract.

August 15th, 2017|

LAUSD Director of Labor Relations and Chief Negotiator Walks a Day in a Custodian’s Shoes

LAUSD Director of Labor Relations and Chief Negotiator Walks a Day in a Custodian's Shoes SEIU Local 99 commends LAUSD Director of Labor Relations and Chief Negotiator Najeeb Khoury for going through with the challenge of walking a day in our shoes. For his July 28 'walk', he joined Edna Logan—a custodian at Esteban Torres High School and a Bargaining Team member—in cleaning and stripping the floor of a chemistry lab. "It's important to understand the issues, not just abstractly, but concretely. It's important to see the challenges our employees face and to recognize and acknowledge those challenges. Hopefully that helps us work collaboratively to find solutions to the problems we face as a district" said Mr. Khoury on why he felt it was important to experience the work of a custodian. Building & Grounds employees at the district have long been calling on the district to recognize and [...]

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Meet the Bargaining Team

These are our member-elected SEIU Local 99 brothers and sisters who will be meeting face-to-face with LAUSD to negotiate a new contract on behalf of 30,000 education workers.

Christina De Jesus
Christina De JesusTeacher's Assistant
Gilbert Feliciano
Gilbert FelicianoSpecial Ed. Assistant
Robinson Landeta
Robinson LandetaStorekeeper
Edna Logan
Edna LoganBuilding & Grounds Worker
Haydee Malacas
Haydee MalacasCommunity Rep.
Marjorie McDonald
Marjorie McDonaldHealth Care Assistant
Miguel Morales
Miguel MoralesStock Worker
Robert Ortiz
Robert OrtizTruck Driver
Serita Richardson
Serita RichardsonCommunity Rep.
Tyrone Severe
Tyrone SevereCampus Aide
Thresa Thomas
Thresa ThomasSr. Cafeteria Worker
Elizabeth Thomas-Parker
Elizabeth Thomas-ParkerSpecial Ed. Assistant
Tanya Walters
Tanya WaltersHeavy Bus Driver
Bart Weil
Bart WeilSpecial Ed. Assistant
Max Arias
Max AriasSEIU Local 99 Executive Director & Chief Negotiator

Meet the Bargaining Team

These are our member-elected SEIU Local 99 brothers and sisters who will be meeting face-to-face with LAUSD to negotiate a new contract on behalf of 30,000 education workers.

Christina De Jesus 
Teacher’s Assistant

Gilbert Feliciano
Special Education Assistant

Robinson Landeta
Storekeeper

Edna Logan
Building & Grounds Worker

Haydee Malacas
Community Representative

Marjorie McDonald
Health Care Assistant

Miguel Morales
Stock Worker

Robert Ortiz
Truck Driver

Serita Richardson
Community Representative

Tyrone Severe
Campus Aide

Thresa Thomas
Senior Cafeteria Worker

Elizabeth Thomas-Parker
Special Education Assistant

Tanya Walters
Heavy Bus Driver

Bart Weil
Special Education Assistant

Max Arias
SEIU Local 99 Executive Director & Chief Negotiator