LAUSD Contract Campaign to Lift our Schools and Raise our Communities 2017-10-17T16:31:42+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

Some progress on Special Ed and LAUSD accepts our Custodian challenge

  Our Bargaining Team met with the District on Tuesday, July 18. We made some progress in regards to the subcontracting of work to Behavior Intervention Implementation (BII) providers. We discussed the concept of [...]

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.

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We push for more Special Ed hours and then LAUSD proposes cuts? Really?

  SEIU Local 99’s LAUSD Bargaining Team is currently in contract negotiations with the District. In addition to wages and benefits, we’re pushing for better staffing and more services for the children with special needs that we serve. So just when we’re telling the district we need more hours and more positions, they retaliated and proposed cuts instead. They have shown us their plan to cut hours of 617 Special Ed Assistants and Trainees. Actually, they tried to tell us it was a done deal! But we have challenged this have let them know that this is bargaining in bad faith. Special Education employees are ready to fight this. As Gil says in the video: “Join us as we plan how we’re going to stop this nonsense!” Come to the Union Hall this Tuesday for a planning meeting top stop the cuts: August 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. SEIU Local [...]

August 4th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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|
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WE’RE TURNING UP THE HEAT!

Informational Pickets Starting Monday, Oct. 23

In our recent bargaining session on Sept. 27, the District did not come back with a fair wage proposal. They’re still offering the same one-time 2% raise, but they added on 1% one-time bonus. This is NOT the “generous” offer they said they’d come back to us with and it certainly is not a fair wage counter-offer.

Time to escalate! We’re responding to district stonewalling by holding informational picket lines in front of schools starting Monday, October 23. The District needs to see that we have the ability to cause disruptions if they continue to stonewall our Bargaining Team. But, this pressure will only be felt if we participate en masse. In the end, how good of a contract we sign will be entirely dependent on how unified and involved we are.

So are you in? The Bargaining Team is calling on all members to stand in solidarity with each other. Step-up and organize an informational picket action at your school site or participate at one already scheduled at your school or a school in your area.

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Two things to note:

  1. If you have heard rumors of a strike happening, they are just that – rumors. Strikes only happen if there is an impasse in the negotiation process and if there is a strike authorization vote that calls for a strike. The Bargaining Team is still having regular bargaining sessions with District negotiators. This website will always have the most up-to-date and accurate information on bargaining. 
  2. An informational picket is not a strike. It is a way to inform parents and the public that the District is not making fair proposals on wages, increased staffing, and other issues that affect the quality of student services. Workers participate on their own time – before or after school or during breaks.