EThe Los Angeles Unified Schools District is poised to start a three-day strike that will shut down the nation’s second-largest school district.
Next week, the Service Employees International Union Local 99 will strike to improve working conditions and pay its members. It includes 30,000 LAUSD service workers. The United Teachers of Los Angeles will join the union, forcing the school district’s closure for at least three consecutive days.
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“As LAUSD parents and workers, SEIU Local 99 members know a strike will be a sacrifice, but the school district has pushed workers to take this action,” Max Arias, executive director of SEIU Local 99, stated in a press release. “Families have been sacrificing for far too long on poverty wages. Students have been sacrificing for too long in school environments that are not clean, safe, or supportive for all. Too many workers have been subjected to harassment simply for demanding change. Enough is enough!”
The striking workers are bus drivers, cafeteria workers and school custodians. However, the Los Angeles teachers union has pledged to join the picket lines in their search for better collective bargaining agreements. “solidarity” With striking employees.
“In a school district where 86% of students live in poverty and staff salaries aren’t nearly enough to pay rent or sometimes even put food on the table, we are proud to stand alongside the members of SEIU Local 99 as we demand an end to the hoarding of resources and call on LAUSD to make the investments today necessary to secure our success tomorrow,” Cecily Myarts-Cruz is the President of United Teachers Los Angeles.
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Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified Schools District, has asked union members to negotiate and refrain from striking. He said that a strike would cause chaos in the district. “learning loss [and] deprivation of safety and security that schools provide to our kids.”
“We believe in the right of unions and the workforce to express their opinion and take full advantage of the ability to strike,” Carvalho said. “That is sacrosanct. That is an inherent right of our workforce. We also believe in understanding where our students are and considering the consequences of what we do in terms of the immediate and long-term impact on them.”
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