“Either Take A 10% Pay Cut Or We Eliminate All Of Your Jobs”

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May 13, 2013

Provide to Florida Public Employees

Writen by: Vicki Rodriguez

From St. Lucie CTA/CU:

Dear Members,

You may have heard that our union brothers and sisters in the CWA (the custodians, cafeteria staff, bus drivers, and maintenance workers) are in a battle with the school district in what appears to be an attempt to destroy their union and privatize services (starting with custodial).

As a “compromise”, the district negotiating team made the custodial employees an offer they couldn’t refuse…either take a 10% pay cut or we eliminate all of your jobs and hire a private company to do the work you used to do. The CWA is having their members vote on this Saturday and the Board will take up the issue at the Board meeting on Tuesday, May 14th.

The CWA stood by us throughout our negotiations, came to rallies, sat at Board meetings, wrote letters, etc. THEY NEED OUR HELP NOW! Please come to the Tuesday, May 14th Board meeting, wear red to identify your union support, and consider sending the letter below to all of the Board members to let them know how you feel about this.

What the Board and the district administrators fail to understand is that when you hurt ONE of us, you hurt ALL of us.


Dear Board Member,

It is unacceptable to me as a member of this community that my School Board would even consider cutting the pay of some of its lowest-paid workers by 10% when the district recently increased the pay of substitute bus drivers who are not even full-time employees and included only a token cut for administration in its budget cut plan. Is this the same School Board that continuously asks us to believe that they “care” about their employees? Were those statements just words? District negotiators who offered the custodial employees the choice of either losing their jobs to privatization or taking a 10% pay cut and giving up the step raises that are in their contract should be ashamed of themselves. How can the district ask this group to give up $2 million in pay when their administrators are only giving up $100,000? It is unconscionable.

I will be watching on Tuesday night to see whether you will actually “walk the walk” to go along with all the talk.

(The Board’s email addresses can be found here: http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/district/board.aspx)

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