September 12, 2017 School workers applaud LAUSD’s Support

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School workers applaud LAUSD’s support of

ASSEMBLY BILL 621: SUMMER BRIDGE FUND FOR SCHOOL WORKERS

 

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education today adopted a resolution in support of Assembly Bill 621 (Bocanegra), state legislation that will help end the cruel summer endured by many special education assistants, custodians, cafeteria workers and other classified school workers. LAUSD’s resolution calls on the State Legislature and the Governor to make this bill become law.

Co-sponsored by Board Members Mónica García and Dr. Richard Vladovic, the Board’s resolution recognizes that classified employees “are an integral part of the education community” yet “struggle to provide for their families” during the summer break when they go unpaid.  AB621 would create a Summer Bridge Fund that will give classified employees an opportunity to save for the summer, with a 2:1 match by the state.  The bill was passed by the State Assembly and is currently awaiting a vote by the Senate.

“Classified employees in our neighborhood schools are a crucial part of the learning experience for our students. And yet they struggle every year to make it through the summer break,” said Max Arias, Executive Director of SEIU Local 99.  “With the passage of this resolution, LAUSD board members have shown that they understand this struggle. When school lets out for the summer, classified staff paychecks go away. With earnings of just $20,700 on average each year, many of California’s school support staff—like Special Education Assistants Gloria and Kat and Teacher Assistant Esmeralda—are forced to rely on food stamps, church closets or food banks to get by because they are they only seasonal or periodic workers who are excluded from the unemployment insurance system that fills unemployment gaps for all other such workers.”

“California is at the initial stage of re-investing in our schools, students, and employees,” said Board Member Mónica García. “Our communities deserve great public schools and good jobs with a living wage to continue to lift children and families out of poverty. AB 621 is a partnership to strengthen the bridge towards educational and economic justice. We are one. I thank the Board of Education, Assemblyman Bocanegra and the voices of labor leadership aligned behind this bill.”

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