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Max Arias is the Executive Director of SEIU Local 99.

Big Wins in 2019 Set the Stage for 2020

By |2019-12-19T12:39:12-08:00December 19th, 2019|Child Care Providers, LAUSD, People-Powered Politics, Summer Fund|

As we come to the end of 2019, we're celebrating some pretty amazing accomplishments Local 99 members won this year! From joining the strike lines in L.A. and Chicago to Child Care Providers winning the right to collectively bargain to making Summer Bridge a reality and addressing candidates for U.S. President about their positions on education - SEIU Local 99 members were on the front lines in 2019, making a difference for ourselves, our students, and our communities.

Updates to Summer Bridge Fund Improve and Expand the Program

By |2019-08-29T14:57:21-07:00June 24th, 2019|People-Powered Politics, Summer Fund|

We fought hard in Sacramento to win the Summer Bridge Fund. Now, as the program begins to roll-out, we've continued to work with the state and we’ve won important updates that expand and improve the summer bridge fund. Updates that go into effect during the 2020-21 school year include a $62,400/year income threshold for eligibility. Any work you do outside of the school district does not affect your eligibility.

Bargaining with LAUSD for 2019-20 Wage Increases Begins!

By |2019-07-01T10:08:33-07:00June 18th, 2019|Bargaining Updates, LAUSD|

We officially opened negotiations with LAUSD on June 18, 2019 over our 2019-2020 wage increases. Our Bargaining Team spoke before the school board to let them know we’re ready to bargain for fair and equitable raises and real solutions to staffing shortages that impact student learning.

We Did it! We Elected Working Family and Education Worker Champions! SEIU99 members led efforts to elect Gavin Newsom for Governor

By |2018-12-11T11:31:03-08:00November 6th, 2018|Child Care Providers, People-Powered Politics|

For nearly two months leading up to election day, SEIU Local 99 members reached out to thousands of voters on the phone and during neighborhood door-to-door walks.  We played a key role in electing Gavin Newsom for California Governor, a leader who has clearly expressed his commitment to strengthening education, including child care and child care providers' right to collective bargaining.

Lo logramos. ¡Elegimos campeones de familias trabajadoras y para la educación!

By |2018-11-16T10:41:43-08:00November 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Durante casi dos meses previos al día de las elecciones, los miembros de SEIU Local 99 nos comunicamos con miles de votantes por teléfono y durante caminatas de puerta en puerta. Tuvimos un papel clave en la elección de Gavin Newsom para gobernador de California, un líder que ha expresado claramente su compromiso de fortalecer la educación, incluyendo el cuidado infantil y el derecho a la negociación colectiva para las proveedoras de cuidado infantil.

They’re Listening!

By |2017-10-19T21:30:50-07:00June 20th, 2017|Bargaining Updates|

We had a spirited and emotional Speak-Out in front of LAUSD Headquarters on Tuesday, June 13. And there’s no doubt that it had an impact on our bargaining session on Friday, June 16.  One of the first things the LAUSD negotiators said was that the School Board heard us -- and the District is working on a wage proposal to present to us soon. We let them know that we’re looking forward to a fair proposal.