Earlier this year, LAUSD wrongfully denied hundreds of SEIU Local 99 members enrollment in the Summer Bridge Fund (also called the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program). We fought back and more than 1300 members are now back in the program.
The district claimed members who worked the 2019 summer session were not eligible. This was wrong and we took action. Members flooded school board members with emails and we made our voices heard during meetings with administrators and the superintendent. As a result, LAUSD agreed to enroll members they had previously shut out of the Summer Bridge Fund program.
If you were denied access to the program because you worked this summer, you should receive a letter from the district confirming that you are enrolled. Please look for this letter and be sure to pay attention to any deadline dates.
Our victory at LAUSD is due, in big part, to the changes our union fought to make to the law to improve and expand access to the program.
Because of our efforts, Governor Gavin Newsom included an additional $36 million in California’s budget for the summer bridge program to ensure that the state can pay school workers the $1:$1 matching funds. This is in addition to the $50 million that had already been budgeted for the program.
Here are other important changes to Summer Bridge we won that go into effect in the 2020-21 school year:
- Members are eligible for the summer bridge program if they earn less than $62,400/year working for the school district and do not work the summer session.
- If you work the summer session with the school district in 2020 and moving forward, you are not eligible for the summer bridge program even if you earn less than $62,400/year. However, you can work outside the school district and still be eligible even if the total income from your school district and non-school district jobs is more than $62,400/year.
- If you work for a limited time for the school district during the months of June, July, and August as part of your regular school-year assignment (not summer session) you are still eligible to participate in the program.
- You are eligible for the program if you work 11 months or less per school year.
- You may opt-out of the program at any time during the school year if you are experiencing personal or financial hardship. You must notify the school district that you no longer want money withheld from your paycheck. The school district will return any pay withheld from your check up to that point. However, you will not be eligible to receive the matching funds from the state.