We are SEIU Local 99—the Education Workers United—representing nearly 35,000 employees in public and non-public education in early education, K-12, and community college levels throughout Southern California, including 30,000 school workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
SEIU Local 99 members at LAUSD are Teacher’s Assistants, Playground Workers, Special Education Assistants, Bus Drivers, Gardeners, Custodians, Cafeteria Workers, Community Representatives and others providing essential student services. We share a deeply personal commitment to student success. Nearly 50% of us are also parents of school-aged children and 70% of us are graduates of LAUSD schools.
Together, we are lifting our schools and raising our communities.
We, the working men and women believe we have a moral responsibility to the future generations to leave the world a better place for all who come after us.
Therefore, we, SEIU Local 99 in both public and private sector jurisdictions, are united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide.
We unite to form a stronger union; build power for ourselves; protect and develop the welfare and interest of our membership; and organize all working people through education and collective actions, so that we shall obtain the best possible compensation for our labor, greater control over all aspects of our work and improvements of the conditions under which we work.
We empower courageous leadership.
We strive to enhance the strength and influence of the union while improving the lives of workers and their families.
Our power and effectiveness depend upon the active participation and commitment of our members and solidarity with each other and our political and community allies.
Our strength comes from our unity and diversity. We must not be divided by forces of discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, religion, age, physical ability, gender expression, marital status, and sexual orientation.
We are standard bearers in the struggle for social, economic, global justice and civil liberties.
We pledge ourselves to provide the highest quality of services for our communities and ourselves.
We make politics and government work for working people. We fight Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to completely eliminate state-subsidized child care. We fight for education funding as California recovers from the Great Recession…and our fight pays off: we push Santa Monica voters to pass Measures Y and YY; we win a huge upset victory when California voters—against all expectations—pass Governor Brown’s Proposition 30, reversing years of cuts to education. This leads to an immediate rescission of 10 furlough days at LAUSD. We also win a new simple majority rule for passage of the state’s budget. Our efforts, including our work to elect President Obama and our contributions to the Committee on Political Education (COPE) fund continue to pay-off: Obama signs the Education Jobs Bill, bringing $1.2 b to California schools. The Education Department estimates that this funding saves 160,000 jobs nationwide. At LAUSD alone, the money saves an estimated 1,700 jobs. We work to help pass the Affordable Care Act, giving 32 million Americans access to high quality affordable health care. Later, Local 99 members at Lynwood Unified march in the streets and speak out at school board meetings to successfully fight off proposed increases to the cost of family health care benefits. We engage in actions to support the Occupy Wall Street movement, fighting against the growing inequality in America. We win California Senate Bill 1234, which begins to plan for a retirement security solution for those of us without employer-based retirement benefits. Our support for Obama again pays off as he takes executive action to fix our broken immigration system despite Congress’ inaction.
Los Angeles Unified School District
Lynwood Unified School District
Torrance Unified School District
Compton Unified School District
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Pleasant Valley School District
The Accelerated School
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF)
Los Angeles Community College District
Ventura County Community College District