30,000 LAUSD employees plan one-day strike for May 15

If you’re one of the 41,000 students who relies on a Los Angeles Unified School District bus to get to class, start making a backup plan to get to school next week — and even if you’re not, plan to pack a lunch.

The union representing more than 30,000 L.A. Unified classified employees — including bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and teachers aides — announced Sunday that members plan to hold a one-day strike on May 15.

Leaders of SEIU Local 99 said they’re planning the 24-hour work stoppage to protest a number of instances in which the union alleges L.A. Unified managers cut employee hours in violation of their contract or thwarted employees’ union activities.

“We didn’t want to create a major, open-ended distruption,” said SEIU Local 99 executive director Max Arias in an interview Sunday. “We think this is a gradual way to show the district that our members are serious about being respected.”

LAUSD MAKES ‘FINAL OFFER’ IN CONTRACT TALKS

The union’s announcement came days after negotiations on a new labor contract, which have dragged on for more than 16 months, appeared to hit a snag.

On Friday, L.A. Unified officials issued their “last, best and final” contract offer to the union. The union found that offer lacking. Click here to read more: https://www.scpr.org/news/2018/05/07/82859/30-000-lausd-employees-plan-one-day-strike-for-may/