Maria Cerda is an LA Unified parent and SEIU Local 99 members who advocates not only for her children’s schools, but also for the school where she works. "Many parents like me who work for the district have a salary that is not enough to cover basic expenses such as rent, food, transportation. Because my kids don’t qualify for the school bus, I have to drive them to school every day, and I barely can afford gas." Cerda celebrated outside LA Unified headquarters in June when the school board approved a salary increase with their new contract, just weeks after cafeteria workers, school bus drivers, and other classified employees were poised to strike.
When Jan Williams first started driving school buses back in 1998, she worked for a non-unionized contractor earning a dismal $7 an hour. That all changed when she moved on to work as a driver for Los Angeles Unified School District. There, she earned more than twice that. The difference? She had a union behind her job at LAUSD. This is her story.
Please find the La Opinión article here. Translation into English below… Special Education Assistant sells tamales to survive in summer School employees without pay for the summer want to receive unemployment benefits. Esmeralda Torres works as a teacher's assistant in the area of special education. By: Yurina Melara Apr 28, 2015 In the summer, Esmeralda Torres [...]
By Monique Williams On April 15, 2015 over 500 workers and supporters rallied together in Los Angeles to fight for justice for an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. The emotion behind each individual was mutual. Workers within SEIU Local 99 have been voicing their support for an increase in the minimum [...]