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

Proposals for better staffing, wage increases and training. Are you ready to fight?

During our bargaining session with LAUSD on May 10, we let the District know that they need to invest in what they have: dedicated workers! Some of us have decades on the job. We [...]

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

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 [...]

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Lifting Our Schools Blog

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|

Purple-upped Sticker-upped!

Our Bargaining Team began negotiations with LAUSD today and we let them – and the District - know that they’re not alone. Union members wore purple shirts and “I support my bargaining team” stickers at work sites throughout the District. This is how we win. The District needs to know that there may be 16 union members sitting at the table, but there are many more of us standing with them in our schools, our work sites, and our communities.  It’s Day One - let’s keep standing strong! Check out photos members took around the district from our Purple-up Sticker-up Action:

March 8th, 2017|

The Contract Action Team Holds First Meeting

Tarasha Peterson (right) with Bargaining Team Member and fellow bus driver, Tanya Walters On January 21 2017, members packed our Union Hall to talk about what we want to see in our next contract. The ideas we shared will be reviewed by our Bargaining Team to help them prioritize and prepare the contract proposals we’ll present to the District. So many of us came together to talk about worksite issues that our parking lot was overflowing and we didn't have enough chairs for everyone. That’s a great start, but if we’re going to win a strong contract, we need to be even more jam-packed and ready for action.  That’s what the Contract Action Team is all about. Join us! "I decided to join our CAT team because I’m a millennial. I'm going to be working at this job for at least 20 more years! I want to do [...]

February 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.

See where Pickets Are Happening
I want to organize a picket at my work site

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.