There are thousands of paraprofessionals and supp支持 personnel across the great state of Texas. 我们都为自己的工作和学校感到自豪, but our 学生 are always first in our minds and our hearts.
Our jobs are varied—there are hundreds of job titles describing the work we do. We know the core services we provide are essential to the success of our public schools. 我们知道我们让学校运转良好. We have daily contact with 学生 on the bus and the playground, 在自助餐厅和教室, 在走廊和前厅. We work behind the scenes to ensure clean and secure buildings, 光滑的管理功能, 高质量的营养, 安全的公共汽车, and needed supp支持 for all who deliver services to 学生.
The issues that concern us are as varied as our job titles, but there are some key areas that affect almost all of us.
We love our work and we want to do the best job possible. 为实现这一目标, we desire professional development that enhances our skills and helps us shine as we serve our 学生. The union has developed partnerships in several districts across the state to help provide the quality training we want. We believe all school districts should offer meaningful professional development for every category of employee.
When school districts feel a financial crunch—all too common in Texas with our history of devastating cuts to public education—there is a temptation to contract out core services in an attempt to save money. Extensive research shows how these misguided attempts to save money typically cost the district in different ways. There is a loss of direct accountability to the public and the parents as the contracted employees rep支持 to a private company instead of the school district, while the privatized supp支持 personnel are either out of a job or must work for less pay and fewer benefits. 十博手机网站 believes contracting out is wrong: harmful to our 学生 and harmful to those who have worked diligently in our schools.
Another result of the immense pressure on schools to perform at ever-higher levels with reduced staff (and limited funds) is the practice of encouraging employees to work overtime without compensation. The Fair Labor Standards Act provides clear guidance on overtime, and 十博手机网站 has worked hard to create manuals, 小册子, and training materials to inform workers and their bosses of the federal law.
尊重 is the most intangible of our issues, but one that shows up regularly in conversations with our co-workers. Perhaps bus routes are distributed to “favorites” instead of through a clear system that all agree is fair. Maybe 食堂工作人员 are left out of school lockdown drills or holiday parties. Lower pay, unpaid vacation and skimpy benefits do not show respect. Or supp支持 personnel are not given a voice in decision-making within our own profession, looked over instead of looked to for their expertise. The union is committed to empowering supp支持 personnel to stand up and demand the same respect we show parents, 学生, 同事和雇主.
作为学校支援人员, we understand the value of standing together as a union, working to create a voice that can be heard in our schools, 在我们的地区, 在国会大厦.
We join 十博手机网站 for many reasons: we want someone watching our backs, 一个帮助我们做出必要改变的结构, member benefits that help our families save money, 工作保障, 和职业发展. We are proud to be part of a union that celebrates all its members: paraprofessionals and school related personnel, 教师、辅导员和图书管理员, 护理专业人员, 社区学院的教职员工, 和更多的. We are encouraged to attend workshops to improve our skills in union leadership and effectively advocate our own unique issues. We choose to participate— to actively embrace our role in the union.