Multiple rallies gather early for LAUSD school board meeting
Protestors and supporters of a variety of causes started gathering at 8 a.m. today for the 1 p.m. LA Unified school board meeting, facing intense heat outside and an overcrowded meeting room inside. Among the earliest to appear were 50 people with green shirts and buttons showed up for the Green Dot Public Schools, which...
By Mike Szymanski | October 13, 2015
Unions slam LAUSD for ‘English only’ rule for cafeteria workers
Two unions that represent teachers and support staff at LA Unified schools are calling on the district to rescind its “English only” rule that was issued earlier this month to cafeteria workers at Harvard Elementary, saying the rule sends the wrong message to students and parents, An “English only” sign was posted in the cafeteria of the...
By Craig Clough | October 30, 2014
LAUSD employees file lawsuit against SEIU over union dues
*UPDATED Several LA Unified workers have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99 over what they say is an improper collection of their full dues. In the complaint, which was prepared with free legal assistance by the National Right to Work Foundation (NRWF), the employes claim SEIU Local 99 union...
By Craig Clough | October 22, 2014
Service Workers Union Looking to Expand LA Unified Role
For years, the SEIU Local 99 has been “the other union” in LAUSD. Representing custodians, cooks, bus drivers and other “classified” workers, the union is just as politically influential, if not more so, than the teachers union, UTLA. And yet its voice is rarely heard in policy debates. That might be about to change. In...
By Hillel Aron | October 4, 2013
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Service Workers Close to Winning Vote in Charter Process
A bill that would allow cafeteria workers, custodians and teacher aides to vote when a public school wants to become a charter is one vote (State Assembly) and one signature (Gov. Brown) away from becoming law. Both are expected, and it could happen within days. Currently, only teachers get to vote for conversion. But the change...
By Hillel Aron | August 28, 2013
SEIU Local 99 Wins Highlight Value of Field Operations
Unlike the closely watched Coalition for School Reform and the teachers union, SEIU Local 99 — which represents LAUSD classified employees like cafeteria workers and custodians — came out of Tuesday’s election an unequivocal winner. The union was two for three on election night, having backed both Monica Garcia and Steve Zimmer — and could...
By Hillel Aron | March 7, 2013
Update: SEIU Spends Big On District 4’s Zimmer
School Board Steve Zimmer’s campaign fundraising has been less than stellar in terms of direct contributions, but it got a big boost this week courtesy of an Independent Expenditure (IE) from SEIU Local 99, which represents classified LAUSD employees. According to the latest expenditure reports, SEIU Local 99 has thrown down $68,688 to support Zimmer,...
By Hillel Aron | January 25, 2013
Labor Groups Spend for Garcia & Sanchez
Over the three-day weekend, two powerful unions — the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and the SEIU Local 99 (which represents classified LAUSD employees) kicked off what is expected to be an intense period of activity by independent expenditure (IE) committees over the next few months. The two organizations spent a combined $54,564 in support of School...
By Hillel Aron | January 22, 2013
Local 99, LAUSD’s “Other” Labor Union
The media tends to pay a lot of attention to UTLA, the powerful local union that represents classroom teachers. LA School Report is no different. But there’s another union that arguably just as influential when it comes to LAUSD issues: SEIU Local 99, which represents non-certificated school employees (also called classified employees) such as teacher assistants, bus...
By Hillel Aron | December 14, 2012