In July, our union sent all employers a demand to bargain over their plans for returning to school and any changes they plan to make due to COVID-19. All of our negotiations with employers are being guided by our Principles for Reopening Schools. Here is an update on our discussions with employers:
Los Angeles Community College District: After members pushed back on LACCD’s initial actions in March, we continue to have extensive engagement with LACCD management. LACCD notified our union that they plan to begin a partial reopening as soon as July 27 to resume some in-person instruction to complete Spring 2020 semester courses which were hard to convert to an on-line environment.
We’re also in full contract negotiations; and we meet weekly with the Chancellor, his senior staff, and representatives from the other bargaining units.
Los Angeles County Office of Education: LACOE has been actively engaged with union staff and member leaders about continuing to work remotely. We are scheduling a meeting to discuss and document these activities.
Los Angeles Unified School District: Read the update here.
Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District: Read the update here.
Hacienda La Puente Unified School District: This employer held-off on scheduling reopening discussions with our union saying that they were waiting on more specific direction from the state and local public health officials. In mid-July, they began holding daily meetings with all the unions representing workers at HLPUSD, including Local 99. The Superintendent and his senior staff and the Board of Education President also participate in these meetings. They call this project “Reopening Innovative and Safe Schools” (or “RISS” pronounced “rise”).
Ventura County Community College District: Since March, SEIU Local 99 Chief Steward and Executive Board Member Maria Urenda has continued her regular monthly meetings (more often as needed) with all three college Presidents and Business Vice Presidents, as well as weekly meetings with the VCHR. We also have a weekly check-in with the Chancellor. Reopening and continuing classified work assignments during closure are standing agenda items at all these meetings.
Pleasant Valley School District: The employer’s plans here include no layoffs, no cuts in hours, flex hours by mutual agreement with affected employees, and assignments included or reasonably related to employees’ permanent classifications. On July 21, the employer said they will forward these plans in writing.
Options: To date, this employer has not notified members of any layoffs or other changes in employment conditions. We are scheduling a meeting to confirm and get this in writing.
Torrance Unified School District: We are working to move forward with our full contract negotiations at TUSD. There have been no notifications of layoffs or changes in working conditions. Members in the Maintenance and Operations units are protected, for now, due to “no layoff” provisions included in 2020-21 state budget signed by Governor Newsom. We are scheduling a meeting to confirm and secure this in writing.
Compton Unified School District: To date, there have been no notifications of layoffs or changes in working conditions. SEIU Local 99 Chief Steward and Executive Board Member Adrian Cleveland is in daily communication with CUSD representatives about reopening plans and ongoing assignments during the closure of schools.
The Accelerated Schools: No layoff or changes in working conditions have been announced at TAS so far. We are scheduling a meeting to confirm and get it in writing.
Montague Charter Academy: Restricted employees were laid-off, but no permanent workers. We are scheduling a meeting to confirm and get it in writing.
Lynwood Unified School District: No layoffs or changes in working conditions announced here so far. We are scheduling a meeting to confirm and get it in writing.
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation: Layoff notices were rescinded. We are in current contract negotiations and continue discussions on re-opening in accordance with regulations.