SEIU 99 Brothers and Sisters,
After nearly a year of contract bargaining with LAUSD, and after today’s negotiations, it is clear that LAUSD is not listening. In fact, there are many instances in which the District is bargaining in bad faith. We need to raise our voices like never before and seriously consider the possibility of an unfair labor practice strike in order to move the District.
We do not say this lightly. We understand it is a decision that members will need to carefully consider. We want to be clear that the bargaining team will not call for a strike without a vote of union members. In the coming days and weeks, we will be reaching out to you to have conversations about the possibility of a strike. And after we hear from you, we may call for a strike authorization vote.
Fill out a strike assessment form to let us know what you think about striking:
We understand that a strike means sacrifice. What we also know is that after months of negotiations, the District is not moving on offering fair wages. They are still stuck on a 2% raise and 1% bonus – this means sacrifice for our families. The District is also not making enough movement to address staffing issues that are impacting the cleanliness of our schools and services to special needs students – and this means sacrifice for our students.
Not only is the District not significantly moving on these issues, we have documented multiple violations of their bad faith bargaining. We have filed charges with the California Public Employment Relations Board on their unfair bargaining over cuts to Special Education Assistants and Trainees. We have also filed additional Unfair Labor Practice charges over their retaliation of bargaining team members and union organizing staff.
The next step is up to all of us. As we decide on a strike, we will continue to bargain in good faith with LAUSD. Our goal is to reach a fair contract. But at this point, the District has shown that it is unwilling to negotiate in good faith.
One last thing: If we do vote on a strike, only union members can vote. Be sure you are a full member of our union. Sign up here.
It’s time to take a stand as union members. Tell us what you think below.
United, we win,
SEIU Local 99 Bargaining Team
Conrado Guerrero, SEIU Local 99 President
Tanya Walters, Heavy Bus Driver, SEIU Local 99 Vice President
Max Arias, Chief Negotiator
Antonio Ahumada, Truck Driver
Ana Cabada, SEIU 99 Field Director
Gilbert Feliciano, Special Education Assistant
Robinson Landeta, Storekeeper
Edna Logan, Building & Grounds Worker
Haydee Malacas, Community Representative
Miguel Morales, Stock Worker
Serita Richardson, Community Representative
Pam Stevenson, SEIU 99 Internal Organizing Manager
Thresa Thomas, Senior Cafeteria Worker
Elizabeth Thomas-Parker, Special Education Assistant
Angel Valera, Heavy Truck Driver
Bart Weil, Special Education Assistant