From the Presidential race to statewide propositions to local school board races and the contest for Los Angeles District Attorney, essential workers voted in numbers like never before in this election ... and we made a difference for public education, safety and justice in our communities, good jobs for working people and a movement toward greater racial and economic justice.
Members on our SEIU Local 99 bargaining team met with the LAUSD Safety Collaborative Committee on September 23 to discuss concerns and ensure that all safety protocols are being followed. One major issue we raised was regarding COVID-19 testing. It’s clear the district has still not set-up a uniform system for testing or addressing test [...]
Agreement Reached with LAUSD for Distance Learning in New School Year Hero pay plus No layoffs, furloughs or reductions in hours secured in new agreement
After days of bargaining, we have reached an agreement with LAUSD on distance learning, safety and other issues impacting our return to school for the 2020-21 school year. This agreement is in effect until December 31, 2020 or until students return to in-person classes or a hybrid model. Highlights include hero pay, safety protocols and guidelines for special assignments and NO furloughs, layoffs or cuts to hours.
Just days before the new school year is set to begin, LAUSD is demonstrating that they still don’t have clear plans to ensure the safety of classified employees and to recognize our role in student learning during this pandemic.
LAUSD Bargaining Update: Safety, Hero Pay, Role of Bus Drivers and Paraprofessionals Discussed Talks continue with district over reopening plans
In our latest round of negotiations with LAUSD over reopening plans for the 2020-21 school year, our bargaining team addressed safety protocols, PPE, hero pay and roles of school bus drivers and paraprofessionals as distance learning continues.
We started negotiations with LAUSD this week to discuss the district's plans for the new school year. We know instruction will continue online but there are also many Local 99 members who will be reporting to work at school or job sites. Whether your job will require you to be online or on campus, it will be up to all of us to stand strong during these negotiations to ensure safe, fair and equitable working conditions.
“Regardless of where teaching is happening, we must focus on creating the conditions that students need to learn.”
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]