About Max Arias

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

Ratification Vote Starts May 16, Ends May 31 – Let’s Do This!

Now that our Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with LAUSD, it's time for the membership to decide whether they want to ratify it and make it the official 2017-2020 contract. Voting begins tomorrow and will end May 31. SEIU Local 99 staff and member leaders will be holding voting at 155 work sites throughout LAUSD. Members can also vote online. Now is also the time to know and understand the agreement terms, and what it means for you and your co-workers. See more for the full language of the agreement.

By | 2018-05-15T17:45:42+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Bargaining Updates|

Contract Agreement Reached with LAUSD. Strike Called-Off.

We are Union Strong! Unfair Practices Resolved. Strike Averted. Members now must vote on agreement. Our Bargaining Team Recommends a 'Yes' Vote. Our petitions, informational picket lines, stickers-ups, rallies, protests at school board meetings and our bold commitment to stand united and go on strike all pushed the District to reach a three-year [...]

By | 2018-07-11T15:26:44+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Bargaining Updates|

Ready to Strike May 15

 24-Hour Work Stoppage Calls for School District to Respect Front Line Student Support Staff 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 [...]

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

Know Your Rights When Striking

As we move forward with plans to strike at LAUSD , I know that some of you may have questions or concerns about your rights and protections. Be assured that our union is complying with all of our legal obligations to provide the greatest possible protection for striking workers. We know the District is feeling [...]

By | 2018-05-03T18:02:59+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Lifting Our Schools Blog|

LAUSD Increases Wage Offer – it’s not enough. Let’s keep up the pressure with Strike Vote!

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-06T16:07:07+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Bargaining Updates|

They’re Listening!

We had a spirited and emotional Speak-Out in front of LAUSD Headquarters on Tuesday, June 13. And there’s no doubt that it had an impact on our bargaining session on Friday, June 16.  One of the first things the LAUSD negotiators said was that the School Board heard us -- and the District is working on a wage proposal to present to us soon. We let them know that we’re looking forward to a fair proposal.

By | 2017-06-28T11:00:00+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Bargaining Updates|

Taking action and making progress

There’s good news to report on our LAUSD contract negotiations. This is Max Arias, SEIU Local 99 Executive Director and Chief Negotiator. Our Bargaining Team met with the District on Wednesday, May 24. We made some significant progress on language around labor management committees. It gives us a much stronger [...]

By | 2017-06-28T11:04:47+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Bargaining Updates|