by Pablo Ros | November 18, 2015
Today is National Education Support Professionals Day. It’s a day we thank school secretaries, classroom aides, cafeteria workers, maintenance workers, bus drivers and all other school support staff that contribute to the education, well-being and safety of our children in schools across the nation.
This year it is especially important to be thankful to these public service workers, many of whom are members of unions. Through their unions, they not only bargain for fair wages and benefits but ensure they have the proper tools to give the best possible services to their communities. All that’s at stake in an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case.
Opponents of public sector workers in the case, known as Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, seek to take away workers’ ability to form unions and bargain for the very things that allow workers to do their jobs and provide valuable services to the public. Who wouldn’t want great public services for their communities? The forces behind the Friedrichs case are the super wealthy who want more power for their big businesses.
In an economy that already favors corporate CEOs and the rich who can afford to manipulate the rules, Friedrichs threatens to make an already out-of-balance economy even worse. A group called the Center for Individual Rights, which the American Prospect recently revealed has been funded by right-wing 1 percenters including the Koch brothers – and even white supremacists – is trying to make it even harder for public service workers like teachers, nurses and social workers to band together at work for better wages, benefits and standards that improve the lives of all Americans.
The best way to thank a school support professional today is to stand with them in this fight. And you can stand with them by taking action.
Thousands of working people have already signed a MoveOn.org petition telling the Center for Individual Rights to stop attacking working people.
Make sure you sign the petition and get in on the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: #WorkTogether.
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