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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.