On Wages: District Disappoints Again – Time to Turn Up the Heat

Our Bargaining Team met with the District on September 27. LAUSD’s negotiator had promised to come back with a “generous” wage proposal. So what did they offer? LAUSD continued to stick to their one-time 2% raise and now they added a 1% one-time bonus. They call this generous? The school board just got a 174% [...]

By | 2017-09-29T12:18:55+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Bargaining Updates|

Together We Rise: Join our Labor Day March and Rally

As strong union members, we have the power to raise wages, fight back against cuts to staffing and work hours, demand respect for our work, and improve student services. We’re currently in contract negotiations with LAUSD. Let’s show our Union Strength to beat back cuts, protect and expand good jobs, and win the strong contract [...]

By | 2017-08-24T11:05:57+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Lifting Our Schools Blog|

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 [...]

By | 2017-08-10T11:23:21+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Lifting Our Schools Blog|

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 creating a pilot program with LAUSD so that Special Education Assistants and other SEIU 99 members can have the opportunity [...]

By | 2017-07-19T17:41:47+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Bargaining Updates|

LAUSD’s 2% wage proposal. 2%, really?

At our bargaining session on June 28, LAUSD presented us with a proposal for a one-time 2% wage increase. 2%, for three years, really? We said, no way. 2% is NOT enough! It’s not enough to raise our families with dignity and stability. It’s not enough for our hard work, our experience, [...]

By | 2017-07-07T10:15:27+00:00 July 7th, 2017|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|

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 care about making sure students have clean and safe schools. Here are the proposals we presented: Improved staffing, including restoring [...]

By | 2017-05-12T11:58:41+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Bargaining Updates|

Contract Proposals Sunshined

We took the first official step to begin contract negotiations on February 14, 2017 when we publicly “sunshined” our contract proposal issues with LAUSD. This means we let the District know which issues we are going to be negotiating – fair wages, improved staffing levels, increased training opportunities, and more safety and respect on [...]

By | 2017-04-03T17:03:01+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Bargaining Updates|