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The first endorsement is in: SEIU 99 backing Vladovic for third term

Vanessa Romo | December 5, 2014

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Richard Vladovic

LA Unified school board President Richard Vladovic


Now that the list of eligible candidates for the LA Unified School Board’s four open seats in 2015 is finalizing, the district’s powerful unions are starting to choose which ones they’ll back and throw their considerable resources behind.

The first endorsement came today: The union representing school cafeteria workers, custodians, special education assistants, and other school service workers union — Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99 — is mobilizing its membership to support school board President Richard Vladovic in the race for District 7.

For now, he has one challenger in Lydia Guttierez, an educator, and another in Euna Anderson, a principal.

In a statement released today, the union said, “Throughout his career, Dr. Vladovic has consistently demonstrated a profound commitment to improving the lives of children and families …This summer, Dr. Vladovic presided over the school board as they adopted a $15 minimum wage – effectively lifting over 20,000 families out of poverty and setting a standard for workers across the country.”

SEIU 99 also pledged to “work tirelessly” to ensure Vladovic serves a third term.

Union members will meet in the coming weeks to decide on endorsements for candidates in other school board seats.

*Adds Euna Anderson as a qualified challenger.


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