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  • 900 Workers Making "Starvation Wages" Strike Rockford Illinois Public Schools - 03-16-17
    Print Icon Mar 15, 2017

    By Doug Cunningham

    [Ed Sadlowski]: "The strike is an overwhelming success at this point by way of building the union, building a sense of community. It's just a very good day for the labor movement at this point."

    AFSCME Council 31's Ed Sadlowski on the three day unfair labor practices strike against Rockford Illinois Public Schools.

    900 workers in three different AFSCME locals hit the picket lines Wednesday.

    Sadlowski says there's strong support from the Rockford Education Association for the striking school bus drivers, food service workers and special ed paraprofessionals.

    At the bargaining table the workers are seeking better wages and benefits. These workers make between just over nine dollars and fourteen dollars an hour.

    [Ed Sadlowski]: "Nutrition workers approximately $11,000 per year workin' every school day on average. Paraprofessionals $14,000 annually. The bus drivers about $16,000 annually.

    That's for a full school year. These are really starvation wages people are being paid."

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