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.
Our SEIU Local 99 member-led bargaining team met with Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District management on Thursday, July 9 and it’s clear that the school district has no real plan for the reopening of schools - yet they’re still moving forward with shutting down all child development centers as a way to remain “flexible” [...]
“Regardless of where teaching is happening, we must focus on creating the conditions that students need to learn.”
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.
Stop the Shutdown of Child Development Centers & the Layoff of Essential Workers at Santa Monica Malibu Unified
On July 16, the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School Board will be announcing their recommendation for the reopening of schools in the fall. They will be considering massive cuts to child development services and other critical student services. We must make our voices heard.
In these times of uncertainty, our children need stability and support more than ever. Working parents, who must provide for their families, need the assurance of safe and reliable child care. Sign the petition to urge the SMMUSD Board of Education and Superintendent to STOP the shut down.
We, the Classified Employees at Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) are speaking out on the gender and racial discrimination and safety concerns that are occurring within SMMUSD.
SEIU Local 99 was part of a partnership with Governor Gavin Newsom that also included teachers, school boards, superintendents and principals that worked together to set-up guidelines for how we will work together to ensure instruction, student services, and safety all continue during school closures. The state guidelines specifically say that “All pay and [...]
On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ("Act"). For California public agencies, including K-12 school districts and colleges, the Act includes two provisions that will immediately impact employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act [...]