Informational picketing took place at Santa Monica High School like never before!

SEIU Local 99 members at SMMUSD took it to the streets to apply pressure to the district!

SEIU Local 99 members showed up in force to informational picket like never before! Members stood fierce, chanted, & gathered to turn up the volume at Santa Monica High School. This action is the next step in holding the district accountable to win a fair contract we all deserve!

Through our combined collective efforts we will keeping on pushing the district to provide a real substantive offer for members. Here is the latest bargaining update:

Negotiations with SMMUSD:

Our team met with SMMUSD on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, & Thursday March 21, 2024 at their district office. The bargaining team reviewed the language of our tentative agreement to increase the calendar workdays to our Campus Security Officers, Paraeducators 1,2,and 3, Health Office Specialist, and Food & Nutrition Service Workers. We continue to fight to eliminate the contingencies & increase their initial offer as reported previously:

  • 4% on schedule increase Jan. 1, 2024.
  • 3% on schedule increase July 1, 2024, contingent on 10 mil dollars on Measure GS. (NOT GUARANTEED!)
  • 3% on Schule effective Jan. 2025, contingent on 5 million dollars or more at the unaudited actuals in September. (NOT GUARANTEED!)
  • July 1, 2025, increase 2% annually. Contingent on receiving 10 million. (NOT GUARANTEED!)

Our message remains the same and is clear, SEIU Local 99 members can’t live on possible increases and empty promises. We demand guarantees for livable wages and more hours NOW!

Plus, the district has continued to follow through with laying off Physical Activities Specialists who provide essential physical education and mental health support to students. We met with the district on March 8, 2024, to discuss impact bargaining regarding affected members. As an outcome from our previous combined actions of packing & speaking up at the board meetings, purpling up, buttoning-up, & rallying at the district, SMMUSD will be reducing their layoffs from 16 to 9. We say no to any layoffs, no cut backs, we fight back!

Let’s keep showing our union strength for the upcoming negotiations session with the employer:

Come out and observe our next bargaining sessions:

At SMMUSD Headquarters

1717 4th St., Santa Monica, CA.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Friday, April 26, 2024

Wednesday, May 1st, 2024


Come before or after work or during your lunch break


Our Unity is Our Voice! Let’s Win Together!

If you are not yet a member of SEIU Local 99, you can sign-up at future membership meetings or sign-up online today. Remember: TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER!

If you have any questions about negotiations or job-related concerns, contact your organizer Margaret Williams at (213) 304-9684 or, by email at or contact Carl Schlueter at (213) 359-2349 or, by email at During March 23, 2024 – April 8th, 2024 if any issues occur you can contact the member resource center at (213) 637-0296.

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