Union leaders are angry that the Santa Paula City Council turned down as too political their request to hang a banner on Main Street honoring school employees.
The council narrowly defeated the bid Monday after a heated discussion about the political content of a request from the 160-member Santa Paula chapter of the California School Employees Assn.
The chapter represents the Santa Paula Elementary School District's non-teaching employees, including food servers, custodians, secretaries and librarians.
Union member Maria Saiz said the banner was meant to salute Classified School Employee Week, a designation approved annually by the state Legislature since 1986.
"I think it is a real slap in the face to our members," Saiz said.
Rey Frutos, the union's chapter president, said Tuesday the union will ask the city's school districts to help lobby to reverse the decision.