SEIU Local 99 Brothers and Sisters,
My name is Serita Richardson and I am a Community Representative serving on our Bargaining Team. On March 8 we started contract negotiations with District. It’s my first time ever doing something like this and I didn’t know what to expect. I walked-in kind of nervous, but left feeling really encouraged.
We presented proposals about safety and respect on the job. Everyone who spoke on behalf of their co-workers spoke eloquently about bullying at work and about the need to speak up without fear. I feel like we got the District’s attention. Sitting across from the LAUSD negotiators, it felt good to see our united front. We are ready for the challenge.
It was also encouraging to see that many of you wore stickers or purple at work to show your support. Take a look at all the great photos. I am committed to do my part to get a good contract, but it’s going to take all of us to get the changes we need. Believe me, wearing a sticker or a purple shirt at work; being a proud union member sends a huge message to the District that we’re serious.
Our next bargaining session is March 29. We are off to a good start. We’ve begun laying a strong foundation to work towards our goals and aspirations for the new contract. But our struggle has just begun. We need to keep building strength at our worksites and continue to show our unity. If you haven’t completed a solidarity pledge, sign one today.