Members on our SEIU Local 99 bargaining team reached an agreement with LAUSD on February 19 that prioritizes safety for those currently working on-site and sets clear guidelines for expanding the number of workers returning to schools and worksites.
Our agreement is based on SEIU Local 99’s Principles for Reopening Our Schools which were created to ensure safety and equity as we recover from this pandemic.
Guided by these principles, we agreed that it is urgent to restore services to students – especially the most vulnerable. However, this must be balanced with the health and safety of school workers, students and parents. The agreement also acknowledges that it is important to address the needs of our Black and Brown communities which have been hardest hit by the pandemic.
To this end, highlights of our new agreement include:
- Essential workers will have priority for the vaccine. Workers currently working at the Grab and Go, Procurement Services Center, testing, vaccination, childcare or other in-person worksites will be the first to be offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Safety for All. All workers required to return to work on-site will first be given the opportunity to take the COVID-19 vaccine. No one will be required to return to a school or worksite without first being offered the vaccine.
- Clear notification of school re-opening plans. The district put in-writing their plan to reopen schools to some of the most vulnerable students beginning on March 4, with additional sites opening on March 8. This includes special needs students, foster youth, English language learners, homeless students and others who have been most impacted by learning loss. This schedule is pending all school workers first being offered the vaccine.
- Recognition Pay. All workers required to report to a worksite will be paid an additional $5/hour. This will continue until in-person instruction resumes and everyone is required to return to school.
- Emergency paid sick leave. Workers who must quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure at work will be paid without using their regular sick days, vacation time or other benefited leave. Additionally, if LAUSD policy requires workers to quarantine, they will be paid without using their leave time. Plus – workers who had to use their leave time to quarantine or recover from COVID-19 since December 1, 2020 will get their leave time back.
- Healthcare for frontline essential workers. Members working in grab-and-go, testing, vaccine and child care services without access to health care benefits will be provided benefits through June 30, 2021.
- Accountability for worker safety. To ensure that all safety protocols and procedures are being followed, the district will give our union a regular report on COVID-19 exposure and issues. Additionally, Local 99 members will now have a spot on the Compliance Committee to monitor health and safety conditions and meet regularly with the district to address concerns.
Our agreement is valid until June 30, 2021 or until the District resumes in person instruction, whichever comes first.
Read the full language of our agreement here.
We did this, together. We pushed-back on the district’s initial plans to rush to re-open without a clear schedule or protections for workers.
But it’s not over. As plans continue to roll-out for the re-opening of schools, we must continue to stand union strong.