JUST IN: Courtni Pugh, executive director of SEIU 99, steps down*
*UPDATED with response from Courti Pugh The Executive Director of SEIU Local 99, LA Unified’s school workers union, announced today she is stepping down to take a job in Sacramento. Cournti Pugh, who’s been at the helm of the local union for four years, announced her plans today on SEIU’s website and Facebook page. Pugh...
By Vanessa Romo | June 24, 2014
LAUSD school board candidate drops out, replaced by her twin
Barbara Torres, the president of SEIU 99, one of the most powerful unions in the Los Angeles school district, said today she is stepping aside in the 2015 race for school board in District 5, currently held by school board member Bennett Kayser. Torres said she made her decision after a story in LA School Report...
By Vanessa Romo | May 16, 2014
SEIU Local 99 outlines its contract demands from LA Unified
SEIU Local 99, the union of cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, special education assistants who work for LA Unified announced today it is seeking a minimum of $15 an hour for all workers who currently earn less than that and a 15 percent raise for all workers who earn more. The union thus became the...
By LA School Report | May 8, 2014
SEIU 99 president — and board candidate — a union concern
Barbara Torres, president of SEIU Local 99, the local school workers union with 45,000 members, is raising alarms within the union over her intention to run for an LA Unified school board seat. The potential conflict is over her role as a member of the union’s bargaining committee, which is negotiating a new labor contract...
By Vanessa Romo | April 23, 2014
SEIU 99 decides not to endorse a candidate for District 1 board seat
SEIU Local 99, the service employees union, which represents more than 30,000 cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, special education assistants and other school support staff at LAUSD, has decided not to endorse a candidate for the district’s vacant District 1 Board seat. The local is the largest labor unit within LA Unified that chose not...
By LA School Report | April 14, 2014
SEIU Local 99 starting process to endorse District 1 candidate
SEIU Local 99, one of the most powerful and influential unions in the LA Unified School District, is holding an exclusive forum next week for union members to meet the candidates running for the open District 1 board seat. With more than 30,000 cafeteria workers, special education assistants, custodians, bus drivers and others, the union...
By Yana Gracile | March 24, 2014