LA School Workers Win Big Raises After Walk-Out - The Monday AM Quickie 3/27/23
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THE BIG NEWS
Striking to Win! LA School Workers Reach Tentative Deal With District
A three-day strike applied the necessary pressure to win a deal between striking workers and Los Angeles United School District. Local 99 of the Service Employees International Union agreed to a tentative deal with LAUSD that would provide 30% raise for more than 30,000 of the school district’s lowest-paid workers, including bus drivers, gardeners, special education assistants, teacher aides, custodians, and cafeteria workers.
The Los Angeles Times interviewed some celebrating workers for whom the win meant relief from financial desperation:
For Carmen Carbajal, who works as a special-education assistant at Bandini Elementary School in San Pedro, the extra money will go toward paying off more than $4,000 in credit card debt she accumulated to pay off utility bills and put gas in her car. She also hopes to repair the leaky roof in her garage.
“I will be able to breathe a little bit,” said Carbajal, who has worked in the district for more than 25 years and earns $22 an hour.
The New York Times reports that Mayor Karen Bass was instrumental in mediating the deal, with both the union and school district singing her praises. Bass told NYT that she’d been holding informal talks with both sides before the strikes and offered Los Angeles City Hall as a neutral meeting space.
Teachers and the public made a strong showing of solidarity for the school support workers. LAUSD teachers joined the strike, more than doubling the number of strikers to 65,000. And despite the work stoppage causing schools to close for over 400,000 kids, parents were largely on the side of the workers.
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