LAUSD Contract Campaign to Lift our Schools and Raise our Communities 2017-05-22T10:40:53+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.

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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

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

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

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.

Join the Candlelight Vigil to Lift Our Schools & Raise Our Communities

May 25 - Candlelight Vigil to Lift Our Schools & Raise Our Communities

As we move forward with our contract negotiations with LAUSD, it’s time to come together to demand a contract that will set higher standards for our schools and the jobs we do to serve our students.

Join our candlelight vigil to make a show of support, unity and strength in front of LAUSD Headquarters. Free shuttles from pick-up locations in the San Fernando Valley, Lynwood, and Downtown Los Angeles will be offered to all members. See the sign-up for more information.

Join the Candlelight Vigil

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

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 [...]

Respect = Fair transfer process, subcontracting protections and a fair discipline process

By | April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The District says that every employee should be treated with dignity and respect. During our contract negotiations on April 19, we presented proposals to make sure that these are more than just words. We [...]

Fighting for Respect for All. Community Representatives: We need to hear from you!

By | March 29th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Hello. My name is Elizabeth Thomas-Parker and I’m a Special Education Assistant at Gulf Elementary School. I’m proud to be a part of our SEIU Local 99 Bargaining Team. On behalf of the Bargaining Team, [...]

Bargaining Begins March 8! Purple-up and sticker-up to support our Bargaining Team!

By | February 28th, 2017|Tags: |

On Wednesday, March 8 our SEIU Local 99 Bargaining Team will begin contract negotiations with LAUSD. Coming off of the heels of our November victory on Proposition 55, everything will be on the table [...]

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  • Candlelight Vigil to Lift our Schools & Raise Our Communities

    When: May 25, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Where: 333 S. Beaudry Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90005

    Event Info:

    Join us to urge LAUSD to approve a budget and reach a contract agreement that will:
    - Improve staffing levels so every child can learn in a clean, safe and supportive school.

    - Ensure fair wages so all workers can raise their families with dignity and stability

    - Increase educational opportunities to train more teachers and other school staff from our local communities

    - Ensure every person on campus is treated with respect

    SEIU Local 99 members are currently in contract negotiations with the LAUSD. Let’s come together to demand a contract that will set higher standards for our schools and the jobs we do to serve our students.

    Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    LAUSD Headquarters
    333 S. Beaudry Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90005

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  • Industry Division and General Membership Meeting + Education Workers Recognition Lunch

    When: June 10, 2017 | 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
    Where: 400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, USA

    Event Info:

    Come get updates on:
    • Summer Bridge Fund for School Workers Bill
    • Contract Negotiations
    • How new federal policies on health care and immigration impact our jobs and communities

    9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
    10 – 11 am: General Membership Meeting
    11 am – 12 pm: Industry Division Meetings

    We will be located at the Los Angeles Trade Tech College cafeteria. The cafeteria is located on Grand & Washington. Across from Metro Blue Line Station. Enter parking structure from Olive & Washington.

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