The rain and cold couldn’t stop us from standing union strong for our children and communities. As the teachers’ kicked-off their strike, SEIU 99 members joined them on the picket lines before and after school and during breaks. And at ten schools, members took the courageous step to give up their pay and sympathy strike with teachers.
We’ve heard from many more members who would like to sympathy strike with teachers at their schools. If you still have an outstanding petition, return it to SEIU Local 99 during one of the informational meetings this week or contact your organizer. If you would like to start a petition at your school, complete this form and an organizer will contact you with more information and to provide you with a copy of the sympathy strike petition. To be clear, sympathy striking is a personal sacrifice and there are risks. That is why 80% of your co-workers need to commit to striking by signing a petition.
You can also support teachers by refusing to do their work. Remember, non-certificated school employees cannot be assigned supervision duties in the absence of a certificated teacher. SEIU Local 99 members cannot be assigned to do work where a credentialed teacher is required. Immediately report any assignments or situations that are unsafe or unlawful.
Check out photos from sympathy strikes that happened on Monday, January 14