MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minneapolis educators say they plan to rally Monday for higher pay for hourly educators on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Educators are calling for higher pay and benefits for education support professionals and hourly workers in the Minneapolis Public Schools, according to a release from the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers.READ MORE: Savage Middle School Principal Accused Of Attempting To Hire 15-Year-Old Girl For Sex
“Minneapolis ESPs are not making enough to get by, they are not making enough to stay and they are not making enough to accept the status quo,” said Shaun Laden, ESP chapter president of the MFT.
The education support professionals, which includes special education assistants and child care providers, are negotiating a new contract with the MPS, said the release.READ MORE: Next Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warnings Issued In SE MN, Another Round Of Storms Thursday Evening
ESP’s are asking for starting compensation to increase from $20,000s to $35,000 a year by increasing hours and increasing hourly pay. The group is also negotiating for more affordable health insurance for individuals and families.
The release says more than 10% of the education support professional jobs in the MPS are unfilled due to the staffing crisis during the surge of Omicron.MORE NEWS: State Patrol Investigating Serious Injury Crash On Highway 610 In Brooklyn Park
Organizers say they plan to march through downtown Minneapolis starting at 2 p.m. Monday.