Pinellas support workers union: Don't forget about us
We devote a lot of space to labor relations between Pinellas and its teachers, but there are three other unions – representing thousands of other workers -- also working on contracts. And one of them is feeling a little overlooked by the district right now.
“I think we’re not getting the attention we need,” said Pam D’Almeida, president of the Pinellas Education Support Professional Association, which represents teaching assistants, paraprofessionals and other white-collar workers. “They need to give us a little more credit for what we do.”
A raise would do that.
But in the tightest budget year in memory, the district hasn’t put one on the table. And PESPA, negotiating separately from the teachers union, has not asked for anything specific, D’Almeida said.
“We’re doing a wait-and-see with the district,” she said. “They’re going to reconfigure their figures to see” if a raise is possible.
Like the teachers union, PESPA thinks the district might be able to squeeze out a little juice from its reserves. “We just need something,” D’Almeida said.
Ron Matus, State Education Reporter