Statement by SEIU Local 99 on the
results of the LAUSD & LACCD Board Elections
Max Arias, Executive Director of SEIU Local 99, released the following statement:
“The Custodians, Cafeteria Workers, Teaching Assistants, Special Education Assistants, Bus Drivers and other SEIU Local 99 members who ensure that students learn in safe, clean, and supportive campuses, are proud of the work we did to elect Monica Garcia to the Los Angeles Unified School Board and Ernest Moreno and Steve Veres to the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. We look forward to continuing strong voter outreach efforts in the General Election in support of Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla for the LAUSD Board.
As parents of LAUSD students, SEIU Local 99 members appreciate Monica Garcia, Imelda Padilla and Steve Zimmer’s commitment to addressing issues of poverty, hunger and insecurity in our schools. We have been proud to partner with them to ensure that our schools are “safe zones” for students and families threatened by immigration enforcement or discrimination. We continue to appreciate their deep commitment to children’s participation in school meal programs, including Breakfast in the Classroom and the Afterschool Supper Program, which ensure children are fed and ready to learn.
Monica, Steve and Imelda understand that students need strong, supportive environments – inside and outside the classroom. They recognize that good jobs provide families with the economic stability that helps students thrive. Both Monica and Steve led in their support for a $15/hour minimum wage at LAUSD. They also fully supported extending health care to Teacher Assistants and other vital staff, creating more good jobs in our communities.
We are also proud of our efforts in support of Ernest Moreno, Steve Veres, and Nancy Pearlman for the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees. We share in their commitment to expanding class offerings, ensuring college remains accessible to all students, and to fully restoring student services. We are disappointed that Nancy Pearlman did not win re-election and hope to continue to work with her on these issues in the future.
SEIU Local 99 made a difference in this election with voter outreach efforts that included thousands of phone calls, mailings to union members throughout Los Angeles County, and a final get-out-the-vote push that saw union members and staff knocking on thousands of voters’ doors in the days leading up to election day.”
SEIU Local 99 represents 35,000 employees in public and non-public organizations in early education, child care, K-12, and community college levels. SEIU Local 99 members are: Teacher’s Assistants, Playground Workers, Special Education Assistants, Bus Drivers, Gardeners, Custodians, Cafeteria Workers, Maintenance Workers, Family Service Workers, Child Care Providers, and others working in schools, colleges, and administrative offices throughout Southern California.
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