LAUSD Contract Campaign to Lift our Schools and Raise our Communities 2017-08-14T14:30:31+00:00

We are Education Workers United Lifting Our Schools, Raising Our Communities

We are the backbone of quality education at Los Angeles Unified School District. We are 30,000 cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, teacher assistants, special education assistants, school supervision aides and others who ensure LAUSD students learn in clean, safe and supportive learning environments.

While the District has begun to restore programs and services lost during the recession, we know there is still much we need to get done. As front-line school workers, parents and members of the predominantly black and Latino communities we serve, we are committed to bargaining for a contract that will lift up the quality of education in all our schools and help our communities thrive. Join our campaign.

We are Education Workers United
Lifting Our Schools, Raising Our Communities

We are the backbone of quality education at Los Angeles Unified School District. We are 30,000 cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, teacher assistants, special education assistants, school supervision aides and others who ensure LAUSD students learn in clean, safe and supportive learning environments.

While the District has begun to restore programs and services lost during the recession, we know there is still much we need to get done. As front-line school workers, parents and members of the predominantly black and Latino communities we serve, we are committed to bargaining for a contract that will lift up the quality of education in all our schools and help our communities thrive. Join our campaign.

Najeeb Khoury, Director of Labor Relations and the guy sitting across from our Bargaining Team at the negotiating table, gets a taste of what it's like to do custodial work at an understaffed school. Watch the video.

LAUSD DIRECTOR OF LABOR RELATIONS WALKS A DAY IN OUR SHOES

BARGAINING PRIORITIES

Our Contract Bargaining Priorities book serves as the centerpiece of our campaign to lift our schools and raise our communities. Read it and download a copy. You can also get a copy at our next rally.

What We’re Fighting For

The District continues to depend on a largely part-time work force to provide critical support services, including student nutrition, health and safety, and classroom support. Additionally, after school programs and parent training, which are proven to increase graduation rates are in dire need of expansion. Career ladder opportunities to hire more teachers from our local school communities have not been funded in years. And while we’ve worked with the District to lift the wage floor at LAUSD, many of the District’s most experienced, long-time workers still struggle on wages that have not kept up with the rising costs of living.

We have identified four key areas that will address these problems and will be a focus of our negotiation with LAUSD:

Staffing Levels

Staffing levels on key student programs and services must be increased so that all students learn in clean, safe environments and have the support they need to succeed.
Read Julio’s story
Read Willie’s story

Fair Wages

School employees with years of dedication and experience must be compensated a fair wage. Wages aren’t just about money. Many of us are also parents of current LAUSD students. When parents have a good job, our children have the stability at home that they need to succeed in school.
Read Thresa’s story

Training & Education

Teachers and staff who live in the same neighborhood as their schools know their students better than anyone else. We want to increase training and education opportunities to bring more local faces into our schools and foster stronger communities.
Read Maria’s story

Safety & Respect

The education of our children is also about the examples that we set for them. We can do this at our schools by fostering work environments where all employees are safe and respected.
Read Grace’s story

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Take Action

It’s going to take all of us to lift our schools and raise our communities. Let’s stand together as education workers and members of our communities. Join us, stay informed, and make a pledge to take action.

Make a Solidarity Pledge

Our contract will only be as strong as our unity and our resolve to win. Make a pledge to take action in solidarity with other SEIU Local 99 brother and sisters. These are ways we can stand united to win:

Distribute flyers and other information to your co-workers

Help get the word out at your work site. Keep your coworkers informed of bargaining updates and upcoming actions to put pressure on the District.

Attend rallies

By coming together publicly, we put on a show of force that tells the District we mean business and we have power. Check out the calendar for upcoming events.

Become a Member of Local 99

The more union members who join our fight, the greater our strength. And only union members can vote on the final contract agreement.

Sign the Pledge

Join the Contract Action Team

Contract Action Team Members are made up of members, like you, who play a lead role in organizing and activating school workers around our campaign. You will keep members at your work site informed of what’s happening in negotiations and get them ready to take action when the time comes. Your main activities as a Team Member include:

Member-to-member Outreach

Communicate with your co-workers on the bargaining process and issues by distributing bargaining updates and flyers, holding meetings, through social media, and other means.

Mobilizing to action

Mobilizing fellow members for rallies and other collective actions.

Planning and Meet-ups

You will be the go-to person for keeping members updated and engaged in our campaign. Attending regular Contract Action Team meetings to stay updated and assist in planning actions.

Join the Contract Action Team

Respect = Fair transfer process, subcontracting protections and a fair discipline process

By | April 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The District says that every employee should be treated with dignity and respect. During our contract negotiations on April 19, we presented proposals to make sure that these are more than just words. We [...]

Fighting for Respect for All. Community Representatives: We need to hear from you!

By | March 29th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Hello. My name is Elizabeth Thomas-Parker and I’m a Special Education Assistant at Gulf Elementary School. I’m proud to be a part of our SEIU Local 99 Bargaining Team. On behalf of the Bargaining Team, [...]

Bargaining Begins March 8! Purple-up and sticker-up to support our Bargaining Team!

By | February 28th, 2017|Tags: |

On Wednesday, March 8 our SEIU Local 99 Bargaining Team will begin contract negotiations with LAUSD. Coming off of the heels of our November victory on Proposition 55, everything will be on the table [...]

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Lifting Our Schools Blog

Procurement Workers Stand up and Set an Example for Us All

When LAUSD Procurement Workers picketed outside the Procurement Services Center last Thursday against the District’s insensitive and unfair Z time policy, they set the example of what all 30,000 of us—the classified school employees of LAUSD—need to do to win the contract we deserve, and have the kind of schools our communities deserve. Make no mistake, this is going to be a battle with the District to improve our wages, improve school staffing, and improve dignity and respect on the job. SEIU Local 99 Executive Director Max Arias says: "It's about taking power in the workplace and it's a mutual respect...the power is what creates a relationship. What we had before was us begging for [things]. Now we're developing a relationship, which means a respect for our power. But to do that, we have to keep showing our power like we do." Check out photos from the picket. [...]

July 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

We Rally to Say “No More” to the Cruel Summer

Today, we rallied in front of LAUSD Headquarters, ahead of a regularly-scheduled School Board meeting, to speak out on the struggles school workers face during the summer. And we made sure the board heard us! We are urging the members of the School Board to support an equitable and community-focused budget that ensures fair wages for LAUSD's dedicated school workers—many of them parents of LAUSD students—who struggle to pay for rent, food, and other basic necessities during what we've come to know as the “cruel summer.” While LAUSD has taken great steps to raise the minimum wage, the part time and seasonal nature of our work means school workers still struggle to make ends meet. The situation becomes worse during the summer because under current state regulations, classified school employees are ineligible to receive state unemployment insurance benefits. Our Summer Bridge Fund Bill (AB [...]

June 14th, 2017|

A Special Ed Assistant Shares Her Thoughts on Our Campaign

I love working with children with moderate to severe special needs. In November, I will have been doing this work for 27 years. And the whole time, I’ve been strong in my union. Both my parents were union members, my dad in the aerospace industry and my mom as a nurse. They taught me to know my rights on the job and the importance of having a voice through my union. I really want to make sure we get a strong contract this year. We do so much of the work and yet sometimes I think we are overlooked. In my experience, if para-educators are not in the classroom, the classroom simply doesn’t work effectively. We’re important and we want to be recognized. I think it’s getting better. Because we’re really been standing up to the District, I feel like they are starting to listen more and respond to [...]

May 30th, 2017|
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Meet the Bargaining Team

These are our member-elected SEIU Local 99 brothers and sisters who will be meeting face-to-face with LAUSD to negotiate a new contract on behalf of 30,000 education workers.

Christina De Jesus
Christina De JesusTeacher's Assistant
Gilbert Feliciano
Gilbert FelicianoSpecial Ed. Assistant
Robinson Landeta
Robinson LandetaStorekeeper
Edna Logan
Edna LoganBuilding & Grounds Worker
Haydee Malacas
Haydee MalacasCommunity Rep.
Marjorie McDonald
Marjorie McDonaldHealth Care Assistant
Miguel Morales
Miguel MoralesStock Worker
Robert Ortiz
Robert OrtizTruck Driver
Serita Richardson
Serita RichardsonCommunity Rep.
Tyrone Severe
Tyrone SevereCampus Aide
Thresa Thomas
Thresa ThomasSr. Cafeteria Worker
Elizabeth Thomas-Parker
Elizabeth Thomas-ParkerSpecial Ed. Assistant
Tanya Walters
Tanya WaltersHeavy Bus Driver
Bart Weil
Bart WeilSpecial Ed. Assistant
Max Arias
Max AriasSEIU Local 99 Executive Director & Chief Negotiator

Meet the Bargaining Team

These are our member-elected SEIU Local 99 brothers and sisters who will be meeting face-to-face with LAUSD to negotiate a new contract on behalf of 30,000 education workers.

Christina De Jesus 
Teacher’s Assistant

Gilbert Feliciano
Special Education Assistant

Robinson Landeta
Storekeeper

Edna Logan
Building & Grounds Worker

Haydee Malacas
Community Representative

Marjorie McDonald
Health Care Assistant

Miguel Morales
Stock Worker

Robert Ortiz
Truck Driver

Serita Richardson
Community Representative

Tyrone Severe
Campus Aide

Thresa Thomas
Senior Cafeteria Worker

Elizabeth Thomas-Parker
Special Education Assistant

Tanya Walters
Heavy Bus Driver

Bart Weil
Special Education Assistant

Max Arias
SEIU Local 99 Executive Director & Chief Negotiator