School Support Staff Union Approves New Contract With LAUSD
Unionized bus drivers, classroom assistants, custodians and other support staff have voted to ratify an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District that will raise wages by about 30%.
Members of Service Employees International Union Local 99 walked off the job in March and shut down the district for three days to protest alleged unfair labor practices during months of bargaining over wages and working conditions.
District and union leaders announced a tentative deal the day after the strike ended. Last week about 13,000 members, more than half of those eligible to vote, cast ballots in support of the agreement, SEIU Local 99 spokesperson Blanca Gallegos said in an email.
Highlights of the deal
- A series of raises that amounts to about a 30% increase and a $1,000 bonus for employees who worked during the school year that started in August 2020.
- A new minimum wage of $22.53 an hour, up from $16.91 an hour.
- More hours for classroom assistants who work with special education students.
- Health care insurance for part-time employees who work at least four hours a day, starting in 2024.
“We are gonna continue fighting for more hours and more staffing,” said Conrado Guerrero, SEIU Local 99 President and a district building engineer. “But this is a significant step forward.”
The L.A. Unified school board must vote to approve the contract. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
It will be live streamed in English and Spanish.
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