Like the PAT, the union that represents custodians and nutrition service workers, SEIU 503, is entering contract negotiations with the District this year. They have been advocating at School Board meetings and in the community that the District demonstrates how much it values their work by paying them a living wage.
Even though PPS has more than 60 full-time custodian positions posted, they continue to go unfilled. The lack of custodial staff means that the custodial workers on the job cannot keep up with the demanding workload of keeping classrooms and bathrooms clean.
An SEIU survey found 72% of workers report they are too short-staffed to keep up with current needs, 48% say the problem is getting worse and nearly one in five say they are not likely to return to work at the District in the upcoming school year.
The PAT stands in solidarity with SEIU’s demands on the District:
- Pay competitive wages. Starting wages of $14.40 an hour for cafeteria staff and $16.70 for custodians will not attract or retain quality workers.
- Hire enough staff so these essential workers can make our schools safe, healthy places for the children in our community.
Show your solidarity and take action by signing SEIU’s petition We Need Safe and Healthy Schools!
Please save the date: SEIU rally at Cleveland High School, June 7th @ 6:00pm. More info coming soon.