Amalia Flores

East Los Angeles resident Amalia Flores, is an early childhood education aid who has worked for Los Angeles Unified for 26 years.

As East Los Angeles resident Amalia Flores sees it, she and many of her fellow workers with the Los Angeles Unified School District want a wage boost, and not just to pay the bills.

Flores, an early childhood education aide working at Brooklyn Early Education Center in East L.A., said the 30 percent wage increase she and fellow members of the Service Employees International Union Local 99 are seeking would represent some respect for their role in educating students.

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Monica Rodriguez is a freelance writer. She has more than two decades of experience in daily journalism working for news publications in Pennsylvania and California. She is a product of Boyle Heights and continues to call the community home.

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