Ready to Strike May 15

Bus Drivers, Cafeteria Workers, Special Education Assistants, Custodians and other school workers at LAUSD have set May 15 for a 24-hour strike to protest the school district’s unfair labor practices and demand that LAUSD respect workers who provide front line student services. An overwhelming 94% of voters authorized a strike last month.

SEIU Local 99 filed charges with the Public Employment Relations Board to protest the District’s decision to unilaterally cut the hours of Special Education Assistants even as they were negotiating over staffing and work hours. Additional charges have been filed for discrimination and coercion of workers engaging in union activities, including the district’s interference in SEIU Local 99’s strike authorization vote at some school sites.

“Enough is enough,” said Tanya Walters, an LAUSD Bus Driver and Vice President of SEIU Local 99. “We’re trying to work with the District to address issues that impact our students. But instead of listening to those of us who work with students on the frontlines every day, they have bullied and harassed workers who speak up. And they’ve made staffing cuts and changes without speaking with those of us who do the work. We don’t want to strike, but we will move forward on May 15 if the District continues to disrespect our voices and disregard our work.”

SEIU Local 99 members at LAUSD: For more information and to help plan our next steps join us at one of these meetings:

Tuesday, May 8, 5-7pm at SEIU Local 99 2724 W. 8th St. Los Angeles, CA 90005

Wednesday, May 9, 5-7pm at SEIU Local 99 3651 E. Imperial Highway (US Bank Building) Lynwood, CA 90262

Strike Captain Meeting, Saturday, May 12 – 11am – 2pm at offices of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) 3303 Wilshire Blvd. 10th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90010

By | 2018-05-07T20:13:00+00:00 May 6th, 2018|Lifting Our Schools Blog|

About the Author:

Max Arias is the Executive Director of SEIU Local 99 and the Chief Negotiator working with our contract bargaining team.