MEDIA ADVISORY — Students and School Workers Protest “Back-to-School Lockout” on SEPT 8

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT
Terry Carter, Spokesperson
213-700-5617 | tcarter@seiu99.org

MEDIA ADVISORY — Students and School Workers Protest “Back-to-School Lockout” on SEPT 8
Thursday, August 19, 2010

WHAT:
Rally and press conference led by students, parents, classroom aides, custodians, and others condemning Sacramento’s reckless disinvestment of our schools.

WHY:
Due to Sacramento’s $17+ billion in cuts to education, the Los Angeles Unified School District is closing its schools for seven regularly-scheduled days during the 2010-2011 school year (plus an additional floating furlough day). The reduced school year means less classroom time for students and unpaid furlough days for school employees.

As California legislators continue to try to balance the state’s budget, school workers will urge Sacramento to reinvest in and improve our schools. There are alternatives to an all-cuts budget, such as ending the tax breaks and giveaways to Big Oil and other giant corporations.

WHO:
“Locked Out” students and school staff, including custodians, teaching assistants, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and others; LAUSD School Board President Monica Garcia.

WHERE:
Virgil Middle School
152 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 **RAIN OR SHINE**
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM — Rallying
10:30 AM — Press Conference

VISUALS:
Cafeteria workers, school custodians, and children rallying, chanting, carrying signs with LAUSD School Board President standing in support of them

SEIU Local 99 is a union of more than 43,000 dedicated education workers who guide our children from preschool and kindergarten, through grade school, high school, and at community colleges. We are teachers, paraeducators, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, first responders, and others working in schools, colleges, and administrative offices throughout Southern California. We are part of SEIU International, the fastest-growing union in North America with 2.1 million members.

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