After months of talks with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and actions that included a one-day work stoppage for PPE and several speak-outs at board meetings, members have reached an agreement with LACCD. The new agreement recognizes our essential work and provides greater safety on the job.

It’s the courageous action of members at LACCD that led to these strong protections for frontline workers and the communities they serve.

Here are highlights of the agreement:

Hero pay
The agreement includes hero pay of $25 per day for workers who are required to physically report to a worksite. The additional pay is retroactive to March 16 and continues through July 10. We agreed to re-open negotiations by July 1 to further discuss hero pay and other provisions in the agreement.

Sick leave & vacation days will not be used for COVID-19 related absences
Additionally, effective March 16 through July 10, workers who are age 65 and over, have a chronic medical condition, or do not have childcare supervision for children under 16 will not be required to use illness or vacation time when they are out for these reasons. This agreement also restores all illness and vacation time that was used for the reasons listed going back to March 16.

If the district requires a worker to self-quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19, the worker will be paid for the 14-day quarantine period and will not have to use their own sick or other leave time.

Safety and protection
Members are excused from work, with pay, if the district does not provide adequate PPE. Furthermore, workers have the right to be tested for COVID-19 during working hours.

Online professional development
Workers will continue remote professional development 2 to 3 days a week until July 13. After July 13, workers will be assigned to work remotely from home and be required to physically report to campus only one day a week.

LACCD will provide Chromebooks to workers for the purpose of professional development. Additionally, the district committed to providing in-person and/or online training to all Local 99 members who need assistance to compete their training and remote work assignments.

As we continue to move through this pandemic and prepare for the re-opening of on-campus classes in the near future, let’s all keep standing union strong. This agreement demonstrates that, together, we can ensure the safety and well-being of workers, families, and students.