AFSCME Wants Higher Wages For Various Rockford Public School Workers
AFSCME members spoke out at a Rockford school board meeting Tuesday and held a march in favor of higher wages for bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and food service workers.
Current wages for bus drivers are $16,181, $14,280 for paraprofessionals and $11,373 for nutrition services workers. Advocates say current these levels aren't enough to adequately support families, and believe Rockford Public Schools can afford higher raises.
The Register-Star reports these employees are working under an old contract that raised hourly wages by $1.10 and included a 2% yearly increase. However, it also increased health care costs.
Rockford Superintendent Ehren Jarrett says the district will continue to negotiate with the unions and appreciates the employees' feedback.