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 now they’ve added an extra 1% to those who got a lower percentage increase than all other District employees in our last contract.

It is some movement – but its not enough. It’s important to remember that we’ve been at the bargaining table for over a year and all of the District’s movement on our wages has come in the last month as a result of our strike vote process. Taking action works!

It’s clear that if we want more than what the District is offering, we need to be ready to strike. If we want increases in the second and third year of our contract and a “me too” clause, we need to take it to the next level. A “me too” clause means we get the same increase that any other bargaining unit at LAUSD gets, if it is a higher increase than what we negotiate.

What we win is up to us. If you’re ready to be a strike captain, come to our meeting on Saturday, April 28 from 9am – 2pm at the Offices of SEIU Local 721 located at 1545 Wilshire Blvd. in Downtown L.A. Be prepared to report on who at your worksite is ready to take it to the next level. Register here.

During negotiations today, we did reach a tentative agreement on respectful treatment. This means that once an agreement is ratified by members, we will have language in our contract – in writing – that will allow us to enforce respect at work.

The District made a proposal that shows more movement in the right direction. They proposed to set-up a joint task force to study ways of increasing hours and work for Local 99 members.

There was, however, no movement on increasing staffing for cleaner schools. Even though the District recognizes it is staffed below standards, it is not proposing to increase levels of custodians. LAUSD continues to propose a $1 million cleanliness fund. It is simply not enough for the amount of work that is needed to keep schools clean and sanitary.

I also want to update you on the charges we filed against the District in January over the cuts to hours of Special Education Assistants and Trainees. No settlement has been reached. These charges are going through the legal process and they are currently being reviewed by the Public Employment Relations Board.

We can’t let up. Our next step is to plan and prepare for a strike.

We’ll see you on Saturday, April 28. Register here.

We are #99Strong. Union Power!