Update: Due to the pandemic and the
Legislature’s rearranging of priorities, most
union-sponsored bills were not taken up.
State legislators left Sacramento March 20 after passing
emergency legislation to help K-12 schools, individuals, small
businesses and non-profits weather the coronavirus pandemic.
Significant for classified employees, the legislation — Senate
Bill 117 — includes $100 million dollars to purchase
personal protective equipment, to pay for supplies and labor
related to cleaning schools sites, or both.
Current law exempts part-time playground employees from
classified status if they don’t also hold a second position in
the same school district. Legislation now on the governor’s desk,
however, would include part-timers who don’t have a second job.
AB 670 by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) would help about
1,500 “noon dutys” statewide.
“Part-time playground employees work side by side with classified
employees performing similar duties,” Thurmond said. “They
deserve the same protection and benefits as classified
Lisa Agcaoili paces nervously as she waits to speak with a
Covered California counselor in a West Los Angeles College
cafeteria. Thousands of people have come to a Health and
Enrollment Fair for solid information about their options under
the Affordable Care Act.
Agcaoili hasn’t had insurance in the more than 20 years she has
worked for the Lawndale Elementary School District. The part-time
instructional assistant works fewer than 30 hours a week and
isn’t eligible for district health plans. She is over 50 and
suffers migraines daily.