Employees rally for fair wages

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
South-Western City School bus drivers Carrie Rarick (front) and Lisa Cornell (right) gathered together with two dozen additional classified employees prior to the April 11 board of education meeting to rally for fair wages and benefits as they negotiate a new contract with the district. The classified staff members, who are represented by the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, are comprised of bus drivers, bus aides, cooks, custodians and facilities personnel, to name a few. During the rally, employees said they felt “underpaid, overworked, and underappreciated” and wanted their value reflected in a new contract. District spokesman Evan Debo said while they cannot engage in public comments regarding ongoing conversations at the bargaining table, they are “reminded of the significance and enduring efforts made by our classified staff and have worked hard with their leadership to put together a competitive package to honor their impact on our students and families.”
Bus driver Pam Gillie said it was important to attend the rally because they wanted to “make their voices heard” during the bargaining process. Gillie has been working for the district for the last four years.

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