LAUSD Contract Campaign to Lift our Schools and Raise our Communities 2018-04-18T14:43:34+00:00

STRIKE AUTHORIZED

SEIU Local 99 members vote overwhelmingly to authorize our bargaining team to call for a strike.

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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.

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.

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

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.

On April 14, SEIU Local 99 overwhelmingly voted to give our Bargaining Team the authority to call for a lawful strike. If the team decides to call for a strike, we must prepared to execute the strike plan across the entire district. That’s why the Bargaining Team needs YOU to step-up, lead, and organize. Sign-up to become a strike captain and lead the way at your work site!

YES, I’LL STEP-UP
YES, I’LL STEP-UP

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

Strike threat moves LAUSD on wages – Let’s move them some more!

Our strike vote got LAUSD to move some more on our wages. During our bargaining session today, Friday, April 20, 2018, the District continued to offer a 3% increase to all of us – and [...]

Results Are In: Membership Gives Bargaining Team Authority to Call For Strike

Over the past few weeks, SEIU Local 99 members took action like never before. Thousands and thousands cast their ballots at the union office, online, and at over 700 work sites – including schools, bus yards, early ed centers, special education centers, nutrition centers, other work sites. The results are loud and clear: Members vote overwhelmingly to authorize our bargaining team to call for a strike.

LAUSD Increases Wage Offer – it’s not enough. Let’s keep up the pressure with Strike Vote!

At our bargaining session on April 5, LAUSD increased their wage proposal to 3%, retroactive to July 2017. This includes a 1% ongoing wage increase that incorporates extra work and/or training starting in the 2018-19 [...]

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The pressure is on! State legislators urge LAUSD to negotiate in good faith to “avert a strike”

As SEIU Local 99 members continue voting to authorize a strike this week, our efforts are getting a boost from elected officials. California Senate Leader Kevin de Leon, California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assembly Member Mike Gipson and the CA Black Legislative Caucus all sent letters to LAUSD Board Members telling them they support our fight. They’re urging them to negotiate in good faith to avoid a strike. We’re proud to be getting support from legislators who value our work and who understand that we don’t want to strike, but we will to win the fair wages our families need and the staffing levels our students deserve. In his letter to School Board President Monica Garcia, Senator Kevin de Leon writes: “A strike of this magnitude would not only adversely affect labor and management but more importantly, the students … The fact that after a year of collective bargaining negotiations [...]

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Who’s Got the Power? We’ve Got the Power! Members Make a Powerful Statement Outside LAUSD Board Meeting

Video not playing? See it on Facebook. On Tuesday, December 12, hundreds of SEIU Local 99 members showed up in force outside a scheduled LAUSD Board Meeting to send board members a message loud and clear: Negotiate in good faith with us, respect us, recognize the value of our work, do good by our students, or else. We are a vital link to education. At the action, we linked arms and encircled LAUSD Headquarters on Beaudry Avenue to show that, together, we are vital to education. It simply isn't possible for quality education to happen without us: We drive the buses, we clean the schools, we deliver school supplies and keep them stocked, we prepare and serve the lunches, we provide vital support in the classroom, and so much more. The fact is, the work we do to serve students is intimately tied to the quality of education. Cuts to [...]

December 14th, 2017|

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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