SMMUSD, SEIU Congratulate Each Other as Union Members Vote on Tentative Deal

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As the members of SEIU 99 vote on a tentative deal and a new contract between school workers and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, SMMUSD and one of SEIU’s negotiators released statements on the deal.

“We are pleased that through our interest-based bargaining process that this agreement has been reached,” writes Gail Pinsker, a spokesperson for the school district. “We value our classified staff and appreciate their hard word and dedication to our mission and goals.”

SEIU 99 added their own statement of appreciation for a process that led to a large salary increase and improved benefits.

“We extend our gratitude to our bargaining team, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mark Kelly and the district’s team for their tireless efforts and dedication in reaching this agreement for our members,” writes Chris Mock, SEIU L99 Chief Steward for SMMUSD.

“Most importantly, we want to thank our SEIU Local 99 members for their unwavering support, patience and presence in board meetings and various sites. Together, we stand united, strong and as one.”

SEIU members have to approve the contract and are voting on approval right now. Voting ends tomorrow evening.

SMMUSD have released the text of the contract here. You can read a summary of the agreement below:

January 1, 2024 – 5% wage increase + retroactive pay to 1/24

July 1, 2024 – 3% wage increase 

2024-25 school year – Two step adjustment effective on step increase date = 5% increase

2025-26 school year – Two step adjustment effective on step-increase date = 5% increase 

$1000 bonus for all upon ratification of the agreement

1 additional bereavement day for a death outside of immediate family.

$20,000 life insurance benefit at no cost to the employee.

Increased basis for Security Officers, Paraeducators, Health Office Specialists, and Food & Nutrition Service Workers. 

Improved health care benefits for part time workers, including reduced out-of-pocket costs for workers.

Damien Newton
Damien Newton
Damien is the executive director of the Southern California Streets Initiative which publishes Santa Monica Next, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Streetsblog San Francisco, Streetsblog California and Longbeachize.

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