LAUSD Contract Campaign to Lift our Schools and Raise our Communities 2018-05-16T10:26:04+00:00


United, we bargained, united we won!
SEIU Local 99 Members vote overwhelmingly to ratify the 2017-2020 contract.



LAUSD calls for emergency meeting with Bargaining Team to avert strike

Just a week before members en masse were to go on a district-wide strike,
LAUSD has reached a tentative agreement with our Bargaining Team.



Just a week before members en masse were to go on a district-wide strike, LAUSD has reached a tentative agreement with our Bargaining Team. Now, the Local 99 membership must vote on whether to ratify the agreement. Voting starts May 16 and ends May 31.

Read the Agreement Summary
Where to Vote

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

Strike threat moves LAUSD on wages – Let’s move them some more!

Our strike vote got LAUSD to move some more on our wages. During our bargaining session today, Friday, April 20, 2018, the District continued to offer a 3% increase to all of us – and [...]

Results Are In: Membership Gives Bargaining Team Authority to Call For Strike

Over the past few weeks, SEIU Local 99 members took action like never before. Thousands and thousands cast their ballots at the union office, online, and at over 700 work sites – including schools, bus yards, early ed centers, special education centers, nutrition centers, other work sites. The results are loud and clear: Members vote overwhelmingly to authorize our bargaining team to call for a strike.

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 [...]

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Lifting Our Schools Blog

Deep cleaning is a deep challenge for L.A. Unified

Thanks to SEIU Local 99 members our schools are polished today as students go back to school. But the real issue is keeping schools clean throughout the school year. Read this L.A. Times article that features Local 99 President Conrado Guerrero and Custodian and Bargaining Team Member Edna Logan talking about how LAUSD needs to address workloads and staffing. It’s one of the issues we’re currently bargaining in our contract.

August 15th, 2017|

LAUSD Director of Labor Relations and Chief Negotiator Walks a Day in a Custodian’s Shoes

LAUSD Director of Labor Relations and Chief Negotiator Walks a Day in a Custodian's Shoes SEIU Local 99 commends LAUSD Director of Labor Relations and Chief Negotiator Najeeb Khoury for going through with the challenge of walking a day in our shoes. For his July 28 'walk', he joined Edna Logan—a custodian at Esteban Torres High School and a Bargaining Team member—in cleaning and stripping the floor of a chemistry lab. "It's important to understand the issues, not just abstractly, but concretely. It's important to see the challenges our employees face and to recognize and acknowledge those challenges. Hopefully that helps us work collaboratively to find solutions to the problems we face as a district" said Mr. Khoury on why he felt it was important to experience the work of a custodian. Building & Grounds employees at the district have long been calling on the district to recognize and [...]

August 4th, 2017|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

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