Workers who provide needed services to special needs students, make bus rides safe for students, clean the schools, and assure the security of children in schools are showing up to make a powerful statement outside the CPS Board meeting, that they are a vital link to education.
It simply isn’t possible for quality education to happen without us. Negotiations are currently underway with CPS and we have identified key areas that will address the problems: staffing levels, fair wages, and safety & respect. Staffing levels must be increased so that all students learn in clean, safe environments and have the support they need to succeed. School employees with years of dedication and experience must be compensated a fair wage.
Wages aren’t just about money. Many of us are also parents of current CPS students. When parents have a good job, their children have the stability at home that they need to succeed in school. The education of our children is also about the examples that we set for them. We can do this at our schools by fostering work environments where all employees are safe and respected. If the CPS Board does not get the message, if the stonewalling continues, make no mistake; the fight will continue.