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What are we demanding?
Minneapolis Educational Support Professionals are demanding that the Minneapolis School Board votes to expand their authority for the ESP contract. The current proposal for step freezes and below inflation wage increases for a majority of our members is not just and we as a school community can do better.
Who are Educational Support Professionals?
We are the over 1,500 educators who work with students and families every day across Minneapolis Public Schools.
Educational Support Professionals make schools run by working: with students in the classroom, scheduling and organizing transportation, working one-on-one with special needs students, translating for and engaging with families, and helping run before and after school programs, teaching social emotional skills, and so much more.
Basically, we make school happen.
Our work is based on building relationships with students to support their development. Most ESPs are People of Color and Indigenous and women. For many of our students, ESP are their most important connection to their school.
One Job Should be Enough!
Educational Support Professionals work in schools because we care about our children’s education. But when ESPs are not paid enough, children are being denied the schools they deserve.
About 75% of our union membership make under $29,000 a year.
Under current wages, three quarters of ESPs reported working two or more jobs just to get by. On top of that, unfair wages means high turnover for ESPs that harms how a school operates and our students' development. This year we started with over 100 vacancies for ESP positions. This means our students are being denied the education they deserve because the school district does not justly pay ESPs.
Teacher and ESP Chapter Open Bargaining Dates
The ESP chapter has two October dates scheduled. All sessions begin at 5:30pm and end at 8:00pm.
The teacher chapter sessions are scheduled through the end of the year. A short briefing begins at 4:30pm with the bargaining session starting at 5:00pm.
Thursday, October 10th
Thursday, November 7th
Thursday, November 21st
Thursday, December 5th
Thursday, December 19th
Child care is available at all sessions. Please email email@example.com and indicate the number of children (and their ages) that you would like to have child care for. Child care is done by middle and high school aged youth.
The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.