SEIU Local 99 Statement on Breakfast in the Classroom

For Immediate Release
March 29, 2012

Contact:
Blanca Gallegos, 213-500-9594

SEIU Local 99 President, Edward Reed, released the following statement on today’s launch of the LA Fund’s Breakfast in the Classroom program

“Breakfast in the Classroom is a great example of how parents, the school district, and labor and community groups can work together to find solutions that benefit our children, support funding for our schools, and secure good jobs.”

“Many SEIU Local 99 members are parents of students at LAUSD schools. We know children cannot learn when they are hungry. As parents and school workers, we are proud to work on a program that will help thousands more children start off their school day with a full stomach and a mind that is ready to learn.”

“In these difficult economic times when the news is more often about budget cuts and layoffs, Breakfast in the Classroom actually saves many jobs for cafeteria workers. It ensures that good jobs will stay in our communities so workers can continue to support their families and California’s economy can continue to recover.

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SEIU Local 99 is a union of nearly 40,00 education workers in K-12 schools, early education and child care, and community colleges throughout Southern California, including nearly 30,000 teacher aides, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and others providing essential student services at LAUSD. Nearly 50% of SEIU Local 99 members are also parents or guardians of school-aged children.

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