On July 11, 2019, Hilda Rodriguez-Guzman, a SEIU Local 99 Member and dedicated education worker, was unjustly let go right before the new school year from her job at The Accelerated Schools (TAS).
Hilda was among the first group of parents to enroll their child in TAS when the school first opened its doors. Her oldest daughter, Kristina, started there in kindergarten and her other two children followed suit when they came of age. When Kristina reached the 8th grade, Hilda and a group of parents successfully petitioned the TAS Board of Directors to expand their program to what is now the Wallis Annenberg High School. Her daughter and her peers were the first graduating class.
She believed so much in the ideals of TAS that when the opportunity arose, she went to work there as a Student Health Services Coordinator. She was a key resource for students on campus, treating minor school-related injuries, reaching out to and coordinating with parents if their child was feeling ill or suffered a serious injury, and supporting the general well-being of all TAS students. Until she was let go, it was a job she dedicated 10 years to with pride, care and love for the young learners she served.
For her, being the school’s go-to person for student health has been more than just a job. A life-long resident of South Los Angeles, she wanted to serve her community and improve the health disparities and education of students. And as a parent of former TAS students, Hilda has built strong bonds with students and parents. TAS students need their new RN and a strong health advocate with deep ties to the community like Hilda.
We believe Hilda was terminated by TAS management in retaliation for her advocacy work on behalf of employees and students. We condemn retaliation against any employee for protected union activities. Parents, community, students, and staff are demanding TAS reinstate Hilda’s job. Join the call!