Our bargaining team met with LAUSD on Wednesday, November 29. Here’s what happened:
The District is still dug-in on their 2% one-time raise and 1% one-time bonus. They basically said that they see no pathway to be able to give us any more. Well, let’s show them the path way.
We can show them the pathway on December 12 when we all rally in front of LAUSD Headquarters. We are not second-class employees. It’s time LAUSD values our contributions to education.
School Board members got a 174% wage increase and they’re only offering a measly 2% to those of us who provide direct student services? No way.
Special Education Assistant Hour Cuts
We also discussed cuts to the hours of Special Education Assistants. We told them that it seems like they’re cutting Special Ed Assistant hours on a whim. And they’re trying to do it behind our backs.
LAUSD claims the hours they’re cutting are not needed. Well, tell that to the students and parents who depend on us. The truth is student services are being disrupted. And safety is being compromised because students with special needs are riding buses without Special Ed Assistants.
We’re fighting back. Special Ed Assistants are going to be leading picket lines in front of schools across the District next week. We’re letting the community know that the cuts hurt students, parents, and paraprofessionals.
Building & Grounds Under-staffing
It’s the same thing with Building & Grounds workers. The District clearly showed that they’re not willing to do anything about dirty schools.
After months of bargaining, the District still has no solutions. They are knowingly under-staffing custodians in our schools. Workloads are impossible. At some schools they even have students doing the clean-up. This is unacceptable!
We are holding strong on our proposal to increase B&G staffing to 2007 levels.
We’re holding strong for fair wages. We’re holding strong to stop the cuts. We’re holding strong for more staffing. We’re holding strong for respect.
And it’s clear the District is pushing back. So let’s push back harder.
Let’s show up in force on December 12 from 4-6 pm in our March on LAUSD Headquarters.
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