Custodians and nutrition services workers, represented by SEIU 503, have masked up and worked through the pandemic to keep school buildings safe and provide school lunches to families in need. They have been negotiating with the District for over two months, yet the District has refused to make any concessions on the basic health and safety protections and additional compensation SEIU has been asking for in negotiations. As a result of the District’s resistance, SEIU workers have been stepping up public actions to pressure PPS to do the right thing.
PAT members are showing up in solidarity at SEIU rallies, writing emails to the School Board and District leadership, and will continue to show up in solidarity with our union siblings who we know are understaffed and underpaid.
Here are some ways that SEIU 503 has asked us to demonstrate our support for custodian and nutrition services workers, and to put pressure on PPS to meet their fair and just demands:
- Wear the “Unions United for Safe Schools” button when you are working, especially at staff meetings. (These were ponied last week to K-5 and K-8 buildings; coming this week to MS and HS sites).
- Email Claire Hertz [email protected] and tell her to respect, protect, and pay SEIU members for the essential work we do.
- If you are a member of your school’s PTA, attend the next meeting, and make an announcement to share this flyer, and tell other PTA members what our custodians and nutrition service colleagues are asking for.
Join SEIU workers at their upcoming rallies on Monday, April 19th: