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LA School Workers Strike, 23% Pay Hike Not Good Enough, Seek 30%, $20 Minimum

Thousands of workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the U.S., walked off the job Tuesday, joining teachers and other education staff across the city.

The Service Employees International Union, Local 99 (SEIU Local 99), which represents 30,000 school workers across the district that serves over 600,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at more than 1,000 schools, says its members are striking to protest “unfair practices.”

Members of the Los Angeles schools’ support workers union said they want:

• A 30% pay raise, plus an additional $2 an hour over next four years

• Increased employment hours for part-time workers

The latest offers announced by the Los Angeles school district on Monday included:

• A 23% recurring pay increase, plus a 3% cash-in-hand bonus

• A $20-an-hour minimum wage

• Full health care benefits for those working at least four hours a day.

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