After picketing through wind and rain without pay, LAUSD’s service workers have a much easier task this week: voting on whether to ratify their historic new labor contract agreement.

The agreement was reached on March 24, following a three-day strike that shut down classes for 420,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The new contract applies to members of SEIU Local 99, representing 30,000 cafeteria workers, bus drivers, instructional aides, custodians and special education assistants.

Labor leaders expect the agreement to sail through with its promises of an average 30% pay raise over time, healthcare benefits for members who work four or more hours a day, and extra hours for special education assistants. The vote is taking place in person and online from April 3 to April 7, with results announced April 8. Assuming it is ratified, the LAUSD School Board will vote on it at its April 18 meeting. Click here to read more: