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Max Arias is the Executive Director of SEIU Local 99.

Working People Made a Difference in Election 2020

By |November 10th, 2020|All Bargaining Units, People-Powered Politics, Uncategorized|

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.

Proposal presented to LAUSD to ensure safe COVID-19 testing protocols

By |September 25th, 2020|LAUSD|

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

By |August 15th, 2020|LAUSD, LAUSD Bargaining Updates|

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.

LAUSD Bargaining Update: Safety, Hero Pay, Role of Bus Drivers and Paraprofessionals Discussed Talks continue with district over reopening plans

By |August 4th, 2020|LAUSD, LAUSD Bargaining Updates|

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.

Negotiations Begin With LAUSD Over Reopening Plans

By |July 24th, 2020|LAUSD, LAUSD Bargaining Updates|

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.”

By |July 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 |July 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 |June 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 |June 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 [...]

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