By Sahid Fawaz
Fed-up school workers in Los Angeles have taken the next move in their fight to for fair pay and treatment.
"Thousands of cafeteria workers, bus drivers, custodians, special education assistants and other school workers in the Los Angeles Unified School District have voted to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike if necessary, union officials announced.
Some 94 percent of the membership voted to support a strike, officials with Service Employees International Union Local 99 said Saturday.
Between March 12 and April 13, thousands of non-instruction school employees cast their votes at more than 700 LAUSD sites including schools, special education centers and early education centers.
The results mean that if there is no significant movement in negotiations with the District by April 30, SEIU Local 99's bargaining team will be prepared to begin the strike process, according to union officials.
'We will let the District know that the members of Local 99 have spoken and we're ready to strike -- for fair wages, for more staffing, for respect,' Local president Conrado Guerrero said in a statement on the union's website. 'We should all be proud of the courageous step we've just taken together.'"
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