Strategy and Analysis to Defend and Transform Public Education
In San Francisco, many classified staff are in the same union as teachers. This article makes the argument that the union, which is numerically dominated by teachers, should stand strong in demanding a living wage for its lowest paid members – classified staff like classroom aides. In Oakland, where credential and classified staff are divided, we must still ask this question: What can we do as teachers, the highest paid non-managerial workers, to promote better conditions and wages for all school workers, many of whom do not make a living wage? As we fight for a significant raise and better conditions for teachers in Oakland during our current contract campaign, how can we also be advancing the demands of our co-workers who are in other unions and make much less than we do?