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Max Arias is the Executive Director of SEIU Local 99.

“Regardless of where teaching is happening, we must focus on creating the conditions that students need to learn.”

By |2020-07-10T12:41:07-07:00July 10th, 2020|LACCD, LACOE, LAUSD, Media, Press Release, Press Releases, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District, Small K-12 Units|

Unless Governor Gavin Newsom and the state legislature take immediate action to dedicate additional funds to school districts to implement social distancing protocols, proper PPE for all, training, testing and other safety measures, it will be almost impossible for classroom instruction to safely resume in the fall.

An Open Letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Your casual decision to cut-back critical student services during a time of greatest need is out-of-touch and uninformed.

By |2020-07-01T18:06:48-07:00July 1st, 2020|LAUSD|

In this moment when the call for equity and justice is louder than ever in our communities, we are stunned by the indifference to the voices of essential workers displayed by the majority of the LAUSD Board. Your casual decision to cut-back critical student services during a time of greatest need is out-of-touch and uninformed.

State Budget Update: Good news on Summer Bridge, Layoff Protections – but there’s still work to do

By |2020-07-02T10:59:00-07:00June 27th, 2020|All Bargaining Units, People-Powered Politics, Summer Fund|

This week, Governor Newsom and the state legislators reached an agreement on California’s 2020-21 budget. It rolls-back cuts that were initially proposed for K-12 schools and community colleges, but we still have a lot to do to ensure an equitable budget. Read more for the highlights.

Policing In Our Schools: Bold Change is Needed

By |2020-07-02T11:00:05-07:00June 22nd, 2020|All Bargaining Units, People-Powered Politics|

As education workers whose jobs are to ensure clean, safe and supportive learning environments for students, we have been addressing the issue of defunding school police within our union. It is not an easy debate, but one thing is clear to us: change is necessary. The LAUSD school board will be taking on the issue [...]

SEIU Local 99 Principles for ReOpening Our Schools We Demand Quality Schools for All – No Matter the Color of Your Skin, Where You Live or Where You Come From

By |2020-06-15T07:36:01-07:00June 10th, 2020|LACCD, LACOE, LAUSD, Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District, Small K-12 Units, TAS, Ventura County Community College District|

As education workers, parents and members of the communities that we serve, we know that for people of color and children living in poverty, education is the pathway to opportunity in this country. But for far too long, inequities in our educational system have shortchanged our Black, Brown and immigrant children of an excellent [...]

“No Justice, No Peace”

By |2020-06-01T17:20:51-07:00June 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

This cannot be just another moment in which we grieve, protest, make bold statements and go back to a normal that we know is the cause for all this injustice. Black people suffer violence every day in the United States - structural violence, economic violence, and disproportionate physical violence. The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the inequities of our society. Amongst all of us, our Black sisters and brothers are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. They are getting sick and dying at a higher rate; a majority have to continue to work in unsafe conditions to survive; their children are disproportionately falling behind in their academic progress due to lack of access to the internet and computers. This is not justice. This is not peace.

We did it! Hero Pay, Safe Work Protections Won at LACCD

By |2020-05-27T15:22:15-07:00May 22nd, 2020|LACCD|

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 [...]

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