We are concerned parents and dedicated education workers of The Accelerated Schools (TAS), a charter school in South Los Angeles. We have been in contract negotiations with TAS for nearly one year with no progress. We are simply asking for fair wages that will allow us to raise our own children with dignity and ensure there is enough staff to provide the services students need. But TAS is not listening.
Workers at TAS don’t even enjoy basic benefits like holiday pay. In fact, starting next month, while families enjoy the holidays, many workers at TAS will have to struggle with days of lost pay. We are also limited to three sick days a year putting ourselves and our students at risk. This has to change.
Poverty wages at TAS are also making it difficult to retain and recruit experienced staff. Dedicated staff members are forced to leave for better-paying jobs, while our students suffer. We need more custodians to keep classrooms and bathrooms clean. We need more food service workers to make sure students are served healthy meals on time. And we need more good jobs so working parents like us can provide our children with the security and stability they need to learn.
Join us, other SEIU Local 99 members, and members of our community for a candlelight vigil to shine a light on how TAS can ensure quality schools and better lives in our community. United, we win!
Friday, October 26, at 530pm
Candelight Community Vigil
The Accelerated School
4000 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90037
Free parking at: 4112 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037.
SEIU Local 99’s Bargaining Committee at TAS
Hilda Rodriguez-Guzman, Maria Macedo, Norma Acosta, Eva Barba, Johnathan Chavez, Tere Ramos