SEIU Local 99 members fought hard to win the Summer Bridge Fund (also called the Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program). This program gives eligible classified school workers the opportunity to save money from their paychecks during the school year and receive up to a dollar-for-dollar match from the state during the summer break when work is not available. Applications to participate in the program in the 2022-23 school year are now being accepted and must be returned to your employer by March 1, 2021.
LAUSD continues to make unilateral decisions that affect SEIU Local 99’s members’ working conditions. This week, the district called for all employees and students to be tested for COVID-19 and present negative results before returning to work on January 11. Safety is a priority and we support testing to help combat the spread of [Read more]
LAUSD’s vaccine mandate has worsened the district’s staffing shortage and exposed the district’s lack of planning. Now, they’re scrambling to provide critical student services and forcing classified employees to take-on the extra load. Even before the pandemic, there were thousands of open positions at LAUSD. Now, the vaccine mandate has led to the departure [Read more]
LAUSD has begun to hold disciplinary meetings with workers who have opted not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have been scheduled for one of these meetings, it is important to know your rights. You have the right to union representation. Under a U.S. Supreme Court decision called Weingarten, you have the right to [Read more]
From Max Arias, SEIU Local 99 Executive Director: "As LAUSD's vaccination mandate takes effect, members of SEIU Local 99 continue in negotiations with LAUSD regarding the district's staffing plans and the impact this will have on student services and the workers who deliver them. The district’s vaccination mandate has exposed the shortcomings of a [Read more]
Our SEIU Local 99 bargaining team has negotiated an agreement with LAUSD to ensure that workers will have sufficient time to be fully vaccinated. According to our agreement, the deadline to receive the second dose is extended from October 15, 2021 to November 15, 2021. Workers who receive their first dose of the Pfizer [Read more]
School custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers call on LAUSD to extend vaccination requirement deadline to October 31 School workers warn: We are headed towards a cliff that will have dire consequences for students and working families.
Statement from Max Arias, SEIU Local 99 Executive Director: “As education workers, we know students learn best when they are on campus. That is why SEIU Local 99 supports and encourages vaccination for our entire school community. The vaccine has proven to be the most powerful protection against COVID-19 and the pathway to safely and [Read more]
In order to continue to ensure the health and safety of students and staff, bus Drivers at LAUSD voted to approve an agreement to disinfect their school buses at the end of each work day. Bus drivers will earn an additional $50 per day ($250 per week) stipend to disinfect their buses. Additionally, all Bus [Read more]
As essential workers, we know there is an urgent need to ensure the highest levels of safety for students and staff in our schools. LAUSD has established the vaccine requirement as a condition of employment in order to protect public safety. The district’s requirement aligns with other local, state and federal orders requiring vaccinations. Read the FAQ on the requirements and see where you can get vaccinated.
Governor Gavin Newsom has announced a statewide requirement that all K-12 school workers be either vaccinated or take weekly COVID tests. This takes effect August 12, 2021 and all school districts need to be in compliance by October 15, 2021. Safety is a top priority as members prepare to go back to school and [Read more]