LAUSD Contract Campaign to Lift our Schools and Raise our Communities 2018-05-16T10:26:04+00:00


United, we bargained, united we won!
SEIU Local 99 Members vote overwhelmingly to ratify the 2017-2020 contract.



LAUSD calls for emergency meeting with Bargaining Team to avert strike

Just a week before members en masse were to go on a district-wide strike,
LAUSD has reached a tentative agreement with our Bargaining Team.



Just a week before members en masse were to go on a district-wide strike, LAUSD has reached a tentative agreement with our Bargaining Team. Now, the Local 99 membership must vote on whether to ratify the agreement. Voting starts May 16 and ends May 31.

Read the Agreement Summary
Where to Vote

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

Members Vote Overwhelmingly To Ratify New Contract with LAUSD

Members have cast their ballots. The votes are counted and an overwhelming 97% of voters approved the new 3-year contract with LAUSD. We should all be proud of the hard work we did to win [...]

Ratification Vote Starts May 16, Ends May 31 – Let’s Do This!

Now that our Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with LAUSD, it's time for the membership to decide whether they want to ratify it and make it the official 2017-2020 contract. Voting begins tomorrow and will end May 31. SEIU Local 99 staff and member leaders will be holding voting at 155 work sites throughout LAUSD. Members can also vote online. Now is also the time to know and understand the agreement terms, and what it means for you and your co-workers. See more for the full language of the agreement.

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