School Workers at LAUSD Ready To Strike to Protest Unfair Practices by School District

Contact: Blanca Gallegos, 213-500-9594,

Food Service Workers, Custodians, Special Education Assistants, and thousands of other workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are moving forward with plans to strike from Tuesday, March 21 through Thursday, March 23 to protest the school district’s unfair practices. 

LAUSD’s last-minute filing of charges against SEIU Local 99 is yet another attempt by the school district to intimidate and silence the voices of workers who are simply speaking out to improve their livelihoods and the student services they provide.

Yesterday, even as the school district filed charges against the union, they presented SEIU Local 99 with an updated contract offer.  Members of our bargaining team had not even had time to review it or consult with other members before the district shared it publicly with the media. We will not negotiate publicly. 

LAUSD does not seem to be acting in good faith. The school district fails to acknowledge that this strike is to protest their unlawful treatment of workers, including threats against workers who are exercising their right to take action for better wages and increased staffing in our schools. LAUSD must recognize and address these unlawful practices. 

Picket lines will be set-up at LAUSD schools and facilities throughout the school district starting on Tuesday, March 21. 

LAUSD Strike Media Availability Events:

Tuesday, March 21

4:30 am – Picket Lines at Van Nuys Bus Yard – 16200 Roscoe Blvd Van Nuys, CA 91406 

7:00 am – Press Conference at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools – 701 S Catalina St, Los Angeles 90005

1:00 pm – Rally at LAUSD Headquarters – 333 South Beaudry Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Wednesday, March 22

4:30 am –  Picket Lines at Gardena Bus Yard 18421 S. Hoover St. Gardena, CA 90248

7:00 am – Press Conference & Picketing at Polytechnic High School – 12431 Roscoe Blvd. Sun Valley 91352

11:00 am: Rally at LAUSD Local District Office 2151 N. Soto St. Los Angeles, CA 90032

Thursday, March 23

4:30 am – Picket Lines at BD Bus Yard 774 E 17th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

7:00 am – Press Conference & Picket Lines at Banneker Career Transition Ctr – 14024 San Pedro St, Los Angeles 90061

1:00 pm – Rally – Location to be determined


SEIU Local 99 is a union of 50,000 education workers in K-12 schools, early education centers and homes, and community colleges throughout Southern California, including 30,000 cafeteria workers, special education assistants, custodians, bus drivers and others providing essential student services at LAUSD schools.


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