LACCD Bargaining Updates

Bargaining Updates

SEIU LOCAL 99 OFFICER & EXECUTIVE BOARD 2024 ELECTIONS

Notification of Nomination Procedures

SEIU Local 99 will be holding elections for the Offices of Executive Director, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive Board Delegates in 2024.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 6 – Executive Board, Section 1.B Industry Division Executive Board Delegates

In accordance with our union’s Constitution and Bylaws, the following nomination procedures will be observed:

Prior to January 3, 2024 – The Executive Board shall appoint an Elections Committee consisting of a Chairperson and at least five (5) additional members. There shall be at least one member from each Industry Division on the Elections Committee. No member may serve on the Elections Committee if s/he is a candidate for office. If a neutral third party administrator is not engaged, the Elections Committee shall determine all questions of candidate eligibility, be in charge of the election process and the counting of ballots, the certification of results and decide any election protests.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 15 – Committees, Section 3-Special Committees, B. Elections Committee

January 31, 2024 – Nominating petitions will be available between 8am and 5pm at the SEIU Local 99 main office:3530 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 12 – Elections, Section 1 – Nominations, C. Local-wide Officer and Industry Division Executive Board Delegate Nomination Petitions

February 24, 2024 – a Candidate Initiation Meeting shall be held during the Industry Division Meetings at 400 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, from 10 am until 12 pm for the purpose of picking-up nomination petitions and gathering signatures.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 9 – Industry Divisions, Section 5 – Industry Division Meetings

March 1, 2024 – Final day to turn in nominating petitions. Original petitions must be returned by 5pm to the main SEIU Local 99 office located at 3530 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Petitions may also be returned to the Chair of the Election Committee.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 12 – Elections, Section 1 – Nominations, C. Local-wide Officer and Industry Division Executive Board Delegate Nomination Petitions

Qualifications for Nominations and Nominating a Candidate

Any member wishing to be a candidate for the Office of Executive Director, President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer must submit to the Chairperson of the elections Committee, or at the main SEIU Local 99 office, a nominating petition signed by 100 members in good standing.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 12 – Elections, Section 1 – Nominations, A. Local-wide Officer Petitions; Section C. Local-wide Officer and Industry Division Executive Board Delegate Nomination Petitions

Any member wishing to be a candidate for the Office of Industry Division Delegate may be nominated by submitting to the Chairperson of the Elections Committee, or at the main SEIU Local 99 office, a nominating petition signed by 25 members in good standing within the nominee’s Industry Division. The LAUSD Industry Division has three (3) “at-large” delegates and an additional seven (7) regional delegates, one from each of the LAUSD Board Districts; the “at-large” candidates may be assigned to any work location in LAUSD, and their petitions must be signed by members in good standing at any LAUSD work location; the regional candidates must be assigned to a work location within the District whose seat they seek, and their petitions must be signed by members in good standing assigned to a work location within the Board District of the candidate for that District.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 6 – Industry Divisions, Section 2 and Article 12 – Elections, Section 1 – Nominations, B. Industry Division Executive Board Delegate Petitions; Section C. Local-wide Officer and Industry Division Executive Board Delegate Nomination Petitions

Any member who wishes to be a candidate for the Office of Retiree Delegate may be nominated by submitting to the Chairperson of the Elections Committee, or at the main SEIU Local 99 office, a nominating petition signed by 10 members in good standing within the retiree division.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 12 – Elections, Section 1 – Nominations, B. Industry Division Executive Board Delegate Petitions; Section C. Local-wide Officer and Industry Division Executive Board Delegate Nomination Petitions

In order to be eligible to nominate a candidate for a Local Union Office and/or Executive Board Delegate, you must be a member who is not in arrears in the payment of any installment of dues or assessments more than one hundred and twenty (120) days after their due date.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 4 – Membership Eligibility and Representational Categories, Section 3 – Suspension of Good Standing Status of Membership

Certification of Candidates:

The Election Committee will make a determination of the eligibility of all potential candidates. Petitions submitted prior to February 23, 2024 will be subject to an initial verification of sufficient member signatures to support the nomination. Petitioners who submit petitions prior to February 23, 2024 who have an inadequate number of signatures to support their nomination shall be notified of such deficiency by e-mail and telephone within two business days of their initial petition submission, and shall be given the opportunity to submit additional petition signatures by March 1, 2024.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 12 – Elections, Section 1 – Nominations, D. Certification of Candidates

Notice of Petitioners

During the petitioning period (January 31, 2024 – March 1, 2024), the names of members who have picked-up petitions, indicating the office and/or delegate position, shall be posted on the SEIU Local 99 website, which shall be updated weekly every Friday before noon.

Candidates shall be permitted to request to have campaign literature mailed to the most current home addresses of SEIU Local 99 members. Candidates will be responsible for the full cost of such mailing(s), which will be conducted by an independent third party.

Eligibility to be Nominated and Serve

A person shall be eligible to be nominated and to serve as an elected Local Union Officer or Division Executive Board Delegate who has been a member in continuous good standing in the Local Union for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the nomination and who has during all of that time paid the full dues required for the working members of the Local union within each month when due. However, if any of its bargaining units or Industry Divisions has not been in existence the time herein required, a candidate for office must have been a member in continuous good standing for the entire time since affiliation, creation of new Industry Division or first contract.

Constitution & Bylaws Article 12 – Elections, Section 2 – Eligibility for Local-wide Officers and Industry, and Retirees Division Executive Board Delegates, A. Eligibility

Please refer to SEIU Local 99’s Constitution and Bylaws Article 12 for the complete language regarding elections, offices and procedures. Copies are available in our union offices or here.

SEIU Local 99
Officer and Executive Board Elections
Certified Candidates

On March 1, 2024, the SEIU Local 99 Elections Committee certified the candidates listed below. If more than one seat for an office is open, it is noted in parenthesis.

Executive Director:
Max Arias
Tanya Walters

President:
Conrado Guerrero

Vice President:
Makebia “Purple” Flanagan
Elizabeth Thomas Parker
Francisco Peraza

Treasurer:
Inger Monique Majeed-Williams
Rigoberto Rodriguez

Secretary:
Christopher Mock
Maria Urenda

Small Public K-12 Delegate (3 seats):
Enga Chatman
Adrian Cleveland
Nedra Ford
Anthony Jackson
Susan Saavedra
Kathy Yates

Early Education Delegate (3 seats):
None

Higher Education Delegate (3 seats):
Shandor Batoczki
Christzann Ozan
Felicia Torres

County Office of Education Delegate (2 seats):
None

Child Care Providers Delegate (3 seats):
Leidy Milla Bernasconi
Cristian Corona
Sylvia Hernandez
Zonia Sanchez

Retired Member Delegate:
Gloria Genyard

LAUSD At-Large Delegate (3 seats):
Ryan Jack
Charmell Lee
Symbria Virgen

LAUSD D1 Delegate:
Richard Gatewood

LAUSD D2 Delegate:
Miguel Morales Jr.
Alice Rivera

LAUSD D3 Delegate:
None

LAUSD D4 Delegate:
None

LAUSD D5 Delegate:
None

LAUSD D6 Delegate:
Kathleen Hamm

LAUSD D7 Delegate:
Michael Smith

Election Committee

  • Large Public K-12: Yolanda Mims Reed, Committee Chair
  • Early Education: Juan Orozco
  • Small Public K-12: Rufus Cobbs
  • Higher Education: Michael Price
  • County Office of Education: Steven Donini
  • Child Care: Suetonius Carrera
  • Retirees: Linda Rollins

School year is ending, our fight for a strong contract is not!

As the school year comes to a close, we remind everyone that our contract bargaining team will continue negotiating with LAUSD through the summer break.

We’re also not letting up on the fight to stop the cuts for next school year. The board will vote on the final budget on June 25 and we all need to be ready to take action.

Our bargaining team met with the district on June 7 for our third bargaining session,

We presented LAUSD with proposals to increase work hours for all, improve training, & other issues. The district didn’t offer any proposals, nor did they respond to our contract proposals.

While the district showed some movement after we packed the school board meeting on June 4 to demand that they stop the cuts, they have not pulled back notices of reduction in hours that were sent to members.

They still have time to do it now before June 25th.

Take Action!

Sign the petition to STOP THE CUTS before the board votes on June 25th.

Stay informed on negotiations during the summer break by checking our website often.

When we fight, we win!

SEIU Local 99 bargaining team members voted overwhelmingly to approve Tentative Agreement with LACOE in Contract Reopener Negotiations

It took a united effort from SEIU Local 99 members at LACOE & the bargaining team to win stronger improved language for the following articles:

  • Article VII Leaves of Absence Vacations and Holidays 
    • Improved language around illness verification, light duty return to work assignments, & vacation of 8 hours or less without prior approval.
  • Article XVI Layoff & Displacement Procedures 
    • Strengthened language for potential layoffs & displacements.
  • Article X Transfer Procedures 
    • Included language to ensure seniority is factored in for transfer criteria.

Read the language of the full agreement: HERE.

Voting Information

Voting took place online from Friday, May 31st through Tuesday, June 4th & in-person on Wednesday 6/5 at the LACOE Education Center West Building, Room 259, 12800 Ardis Ave. Downey 90242. 

Members came out to support and exercise their right to approve the tentative agreement.

When we vote, we win!

If you have any questions about negotiations or job-related concerns, contact Troylynn Limar at (213) 219-7123 or, by email at tlimar@seiu99.org.

Members Pack the LAUSD Board Room to Demand the School District Stop the Cuts!

SEIU Local 99 members packed the LAUSD school board meeting on June 4, 2024 to deliver a powerful message directly to Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Board President Jackie Goldberg, and the entire school board: No to Cuts!  We were joined by members of United Teachers Los Angeles, including UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz. The school board is currently working on a budget for next school year that includes cuts to hours and positions of Campus Aides, Supervision Aides, Teachers, Counselors, Community Representatives, Teacher Assistants, and others. These cuts to vital student services will hurt students and workers. And, they are unlawful as the district never negotiated over these reductions with our union and intimidated many workers into self-reducing their hours. If your hours were reduced this school year or next, add your name to the class action charges here.

At the school board meeting, member Jennifer Torres, a Special Education Assistant, spoke out about the district’s disrespect for classified employees. “We are not just bodies in the classroom, you can not easily replace the support we bring to the students everyday,” Jennifer told the board. “By cutting and eliminating critical positions and programs, our students will be greatly affected and will pay the price if these cuts go through.”

Member Debbie Skaife, a Campus Aide, spoke powerfully about her dedication to students. Yet, despite her 13 years with the district, her work assignment is still only 3 hours and 45 minutes, making her ineligible for health care benefits.  “If I worked just 15 minutes more at LAUSD, I would qualify for health insurance. Just 15 minutes.” Many Campus Aides report that their hours are being reduced to less than four hours, making them ineligible for health care benefits.

“LAUSD is the second largest school district in the country. It has over $6 billion in reserves. You can do better for our children and dedicated education workers,” Jazmin Araujo-Vargas, a Special Education Assistant, told the board.

Add your voice to our demand to Stop the Cuts!
The LAUSD school board will vote on a final budget on June 25. Let’s continue to keep up the pressure. Click here to send them an email message today.

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