The Saint Marys Area School District and the union for support staff employees have been trying to agree on a contract for a year and half.
At Saint Marys Area School Board meeting tonight, teacher’s aides, parents and others spoke to the school board about why they don’t think a proposed collective bargaining agreement is fair for support staff workers.
She helps students with mental or physical disabilities, and other tasks.
“We assist the students even get from class to class if they have mobility issues, feeding, if we have some kiddos that need help with that and we follow the teacher’s direction and carry out any jobs that they would ask us to do,“ Cannon, said.
She’s worried that if outsourcing is included in the new contract the current 68 support staff workers could lose their jobs or their benefits.
Cannon says that company, could decide not to bring her back or deny her benefits.
This will add at least two school board members and two support staff workers with the union group, to the negotiating teams.
Each team will now have at least 4 members.
That negotiation is scheduled for July 18.