Members vote ‘Yes’ to ratify agreement with SMMUSD

By |May 9th, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

SEIU Local 99 members took action like never before to win big gains in our next contract. Now it’s time to vote to ratify the agreement. The contract agreement cannot go into effect until members vote to ratify it. Our actions moved the district to eliminate all contingencies on wage increases. Members will see a 18% raise that coupled with our previously won 10% increase totaling a significant 28% increase. 

When We Vote, We Win! Vote on our Tentative Contract Agreement with SMMUSD

By |May 2nd, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

SEIU Local 99 members took action like never before to win big gains in our next contract. Now it’s time to vote to ratify the agreement. The contract agreement cannot go into effect until members vote to ratify it. Our actions moved the district to eliminate all contingencies on wage increases. Members will see a 18% raise that coupled with our previously won 10% increase totaling a significant 28% increase. 

Tentative Agreement Reached with SMMUSD

By |April 30th, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

After months of purpling-up, picketing, speaking out at school board meetings, showing-up to observe negotiations, and mobile and bus advertising, our show of power made a difference at the bargaining table.  Our union met with SMMUSD on Friday, April 26, 2024 and reached a tentative contract agreement. Our actions moved the district to eliminate all contingencies on wage increases. Members will see a 18% raise that coupled with our previously won 10% increase totaling a significant 28% increase. 

Informational picketing took place at Santa Monica High School like never before!

By |March 22nd, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

SEIU Local 99 members showed up in force to informational picket like never before! Members stood fierce, chanted, & gathered to turn up the volume at Santa Monica High School. This action is the next step in holding the district accountable to win a fair contract we all deserve! Through our combined collective efforts we will keeping on pushing the district to provide a real substantive offer for members.

Taking It to the Streets at SMMUSD!

By |March 15th, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

The fight for full staffing, fair wages, and clean, safe & supportive schools for all is ON! SEIU Local 99 members at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified need livable wages, more staffing, and more hours to provide the best learning environment for students to thrive. The district has failed to recognize the members’ valuable contributions to [Read more]

SMMUSD Members: Join a Meeting Friday, March 15!

By |March 12th, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

Frontline education workers at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District work hard to provide clean, safe, & supportive schools for all. But the school district refuses to recognize our contributions to student learning with livable wages, more staffing, and more hours to ensure students have the full support they need to succeed. After two years of contract bargaining, the district is only offering a 4% wage increase. Not enough! Let’s show the district that we demand respect!

Turning Up the Volume at Santa Monica Malibu Unified!

By |March 8th, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

SEIU Local 99 members at Santa Monica Malibu Unified turned out in force today marching and rallying in front of school district offices to demand livable wages, no layoffs, and more staffing for student services. The school board must have heard we were coming because, even before their meeting started, they removed their scheduled vote on laying off a Media Services Coordinator from their agenda. It’s clear they are listening  - and, today, we turned-up the volume. Parents and students also joined us in our demands to improve staffing for student services. We let the district know that their 4% wage increase offer is an insult. We let them know that part-time won’t work at SMMUSD. Students need full-time services. And we let them know that they must invest in more staffing for student services – not cut back jobs! Our unity and actions are making a difference. Let’s keep moving forward.

Santa Monica Malibu Unified Board Members Push Forward With Layoffs! Let’s hold them accountable!

By |March 6th, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board members continue to ignore the vital services SEIU Local 99 provides to students and families. The board recently voted to lay off Physical Activities Specialists and on March 7, they are slated to vote on laying off a Media Services Coordinator. The Board has said that they will not allow the public to comment on this latest cut.  They say, Cut Backs! We say, Fight Back!

Some Progress In Negotiations – But Not Enough!

By |March 1st, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

Our SEIU Local 99 bargaining team at SMMUSD met with the district on February 29th, 2024. It’s clear our speak-out at the school board meetings and purple-up actions at school sites are having an impact because there was some progress made on expanding work calendars and increasing work hours for some classifications. But it’s not enough! The district also made no movement on their wage proposal. They are only guaranteeing a 4% wage increase for 2024. Not enough!

Let’s Unite, Organize, & Mobilize!

By |February 29th, 2024|Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District|

On Tuesday, February 27, SEIU Local 99 members packed the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board meeting along with parents & students of the surrounding community. Together, we demanded that the board protect student services and jobs in our community by voting  "NO" against laying off Physical Activities Specialists (PAS) & a Media Services Coordinator.  While our actions moved the board to protect some jobs, ultimately a majority of the Board refused to listen to the voices of students, parents, and education workers and voted to move forward with the layoffs of 11 PAS and delay the vote on the Media Services Coordinator position until their next meeting on March 7.

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