Bill to End Summertime Poverty for School Staff Heads to Gov. Brown’s Desk

Sacramento, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement today after the State Senate passed AB 2197 (Garcia). AB 2197 eliminates an unfair exclusion of classified employees from unemployment benefits during the summer months when they don’t receive a paycheck.

Max Arias, Executive Director, SEIU Local 99 said:

“California’s school bus drivers, cafeteria staff, and special education assistants who are a vital part of our children’s education live in poverty in the summer months when school is out. With few employers willing to hire them just for the summer, many go hungry, resort to collecting cans, or rely on social services because state laws unfairly exclude them from the unemployment system. Today, the State Senate responded to our stories and the moral imperative to help these dedicated workers avoid hunger and eviction by passing AB 2197. Gov. Brown can end a cruel summer for hard working education staff and save money for taxpayers by signing this vital bill.”

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