“A union representing 30,000 Los Angeles school custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other support staff has started a three-day strike with support from the district’s teachers, effectively stopping classes for more than a half million students in the nation’s second-largest school system.
“Members of Service Employees International Union Local 99 marched in the cold, predawn rain Tuesday, carrying signs reading, “I voted to strike for quality schools, better lives!” and “We keep schools safe respect us!”
“The union wants “equitable wage increases, more full-time work, respectful treatment, and increased staffing levels for improved student services,” it said. Workers’ average salary is $25,000 a year, and most work part-time – which has led to staffing shortages, the union said.”
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