The District continues to depend on a largely part-time work force to provide critical support services, including student nutrition, health and safety, and classroom support. Additionally, after school programs and parent training, which are proven to increase graduation rates are in dire need of expansion. Career ladder opportunities to hire more teachers from our local school communities have not been funded in years. And while we’ve worked with the District to lift the wage floor at LAUSD, many of the District’s most experienced, long-time workers still struggle on wages that have not kept up with the rising costs of living.
We are SEIU Local 99—the Education Workers United—representing nearly 35,000 employees in public and non-public education in early education, K-12, and community college levels throughout Southern California, including 30,000 school workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
SEIU Local 99 members at LAUSD are Teacher’s Assistants, Playground Workers, Special Education Assistants, Bus Drivers, Gardeners, Custodians, Cafeteria Workers, Community Representatives and others providing essential student services. We share a deeply personal commitment to student success. Nearly 50% of us are also parents of school-aged children and 70% of us are graduates of LAUSD schools.
Together, we are lifting our schools and raising our communities.