If you applied and were approved for the 2021 Summer Bridge Fund program, you should be receiving your payout funds in mid July. We are aware that LAUSD has notified members that the state is only matching $.66 for each dollar contributed. If you have received this notification from LAUSD or any other employer, IT [Read more]
Santa Monica Malibu Unified members were on the frontlines disinfecting schools throughout the pandemic, preparing campuses for students’ safe return, and helping families in need. They were deemed essential workers, but the district would not recognize their work with hero pay. Members never gave up. They shared their stories, spoke out at school board meetings, signed petitions, and stood strong at the bargaining table. It paid off. On June 11, members ratified a new agreement that secures hero pay.
Members at SMMUSD Reach Tentative Agreement on Hero Pay Ratification vote taking place now through June 11
After taking action, speaking out at school board meetings and months of negotiations, our bargaining team has reached a tentative agreement with the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District for hero pay to recognize the hard work and commitment of SEIU Local 99 members during the pandemic. According to our tentative agreement, members are [Read more]
How Surviving Covid-19 Put This Maintenance Worker on a Mission to Set Cleaning Standards for Students and Staff
Henry Plasencia, a Maintenance Worker at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District reflects on the day his life was nearly taken by COVID-19 back in March 2020.
Lead Custodian Eric Martin has been providing cleanliness inside and out of classrooms at Santa Monica Malibu Unified (SMMUSD) for almost 24 years and he feels like his crew does not get the credit they deserve.
We are Essential Not Expendable: Hero Pay & Respect for Essential Workers at Santa Monica Malibu Unified Join us at the SMMUSD Board Meeting on March 4 2021 at 5:30pm
Join us at the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School Board Meeting on Thursday, March 4 at 5:30pm to demand respect and hero pay for essential workers who have been on the frontlines keeping our schools and communities going throughout this pandemic.
Summer Bridge Fund: Applications Now Being Accepted for 2021-22 Benefits. Apply by March 1. We fought for it and won! Eligible classified school employees can receive matching funds from the state during summer break.
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 2021-22 school year are now being accepted and must be returned to your employer by March 1, 2021.
Although we are battling this employer over layoffs of Child Development Services (CDS) and other classified staff, we’ve also had some initial discussions about the role of the remaining classified staff in distance learning and the eventual reopening of schools.
In July, our union sent all employers a demand to bargain over their plans for returning to school and any changes they plan to make due to COVID-19. All of our negotiations with employers are being guided by our Principles for Reopening Schools. Here is an update on our discussions with employers
Luis Graciano is Child Center Assistant at Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. This is his story of working with students at Santa Monica Malibu and why he's urging the board not to cut this vital program.