As we come to the end of 2019, we’re celebrating some pretty amazing accomplishments Local 99 members won this year!
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Child Care Providers Win Right to Negotiate a Contract! Governor Newsom Signs Law!

It was a 16-year fight but Child Care Providers were relentless and won the right to collective bargaining. In 2020 they will officially vote for union representation and negotiate their first contract with the State of California.

Summer Bridge Fund Program Launched. At last – a Safety-Net for Dedicated School Workers!

Classified employees working in K-12 schools will have a less stressful summer in 2020 because the Summer Bridge Fund that we fought so hard to win finally became a reality this year. Governor Newsom added $36 million to the funding and we negotiated improvements to the program that will allow more members to qualify next year. And when LAUSD tried to deny some workers these benefits, we fought back and won.

Contract Negotiations Secure Wage Increases, Benefits, Job Protections. Bargaining Continues in 2020. 

We also made solid gains in contract negotiations. In 2019, members bargained wage re-openers or full contracts with several employers and every contract included improvements including raises and job protections. Next year we’ll continue bargaining or enter negotiations for full contracts with Los Angeles Unified, Santa Monica Malibu Unified, Lynwood Unified, Mexican American Opportunity Foundation, Ventura County Community College District, Torrance Unified, Compton Unified, Options, and Pleasant Valley School District. Get ready to fight!

We lifted our voices for quality education like never before! 

We started off 2019 by joining striking LAUSD teachers on the picket lines – and more than 1500 Local 99 members made the courageous decision to strike with teachers. We also supported striking classified employees and teachers in Chicago to demand that all students have access to a quality education – no matter where they come from, where they live, or the color of their skin.

And we took action on the LAUSD school board race and for Measure EE. While it was disappointing that we didn’t win those two elections, we can be proud that our participation put a spotlight on the work of classified employees in our schools – and it showed that we are force for education that cannot be ignored.

We’re Making Politics Work for Us!

And as we gear-up for an exciting election year – from school board races to the U.S. President – we’re already making our voices heard. This fall, SEIU Local 99 members participated in the Unions for All Summit where we interviewed the top candidates for president. And SEIU Local 99 played a key role in the Education Forum where we joined with teachers, parents, students and other educators to ask the candidates how they will make sure all students will have access to a quality education.

Let’s Keep Standing Union Strong in 2020! Happy Holidays!

And there are so many other victories won in our worksites including standing-up to bullying and abusive bosses and winning back-pay when our contract was violated. We did it, together!

Finally, I urge you to continue to collect signatures for Schools and Communities First. We must qualify this initiative for the November 2020 ballot in order to make corporations pay their fair share and ensure permanent funding for our schools, jobs, and community services.

And I encourage you to take the lead at Local 99 by applying to fill one of the vacancies on our Executive Board.The deadline to apply is December 31, 2019.

Have a restful break and a joyous holiday season. In 2020, let’s continue to stand union strong at our worksites and communities.