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 school year. It’s a step in the right direction – but it’s still not enough.
The District had been stuck on a 2% wage increase for almost a year. In just a few weeks, because thousands of members are voting on a strike, we’ve pushed the District to increase their wage offer. But 3% won’t cut it. Let’s keep the pressure on!
If you haven’t voted, you can cast your strike vote online.
Voting is also still happening at selected school sites. Check out the schedule daily here.
And voting is also taking place at Local 99’s Los Angeles Office from 8am-5pm Monday – Friday through April 13 at 2724 W. 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005.
And even while we’re still pushing on wages, we were able to reach a tentative agreement that officially lifts the cap on work hours for bus drivers. For decades, LAUSD told bus drivers that their hours were capped at 6.9. Now, because of action taken by so many members, additional temporary hours will be given to Local 99 members. There is no more cap on their hours!
It’s great news, but it’s not enough.
In addition to their 3% wage offer, the District is still only offering a one-time $1 million fund for school cleanliness. It’s not enough.
They still want to make it harder for new employees to qualify for retiree health care benefits. It’s not right.
We continue to bargain to increase staffing levels for custodians, address cuts to hours for Special Education Assistants, improve working conditions for Community Representatives, Food Service Workers, and more.
We’re glad the school board increased their wage offer. And, for the first time, LAUSD Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian was at the bargaining table. She said she values classified employees.
But we’re worth more than 3%. And we’re ready to fight for more.
Our strike vote is working. Let’s keep up the pressure. If you haven’t cast your ballot, vote online now.