The Durham People’s Alliance joins the Durham Association of Educators and Durham For All in calling on the Board of County Commissioners to approve a base $15 per hour wage for all Durham Public School (DPS) workers.
Please e-mail county commissioners before Monday, November 3rd urging them to provide DPS the funding needed to embark on this endeavor.
PA has a long history of advocating for living wages in Durham as a matter of economic justice. This work goes back to 1997 when PA helped to secure passage of the first municipal living wage ordinance in NC by the Durham City Council. Since then, we’ve:
- worked with community partners to expand living wage ordinances to Durham County and to Durham Public Schools,
- advocated successfully to align our local living wage standards with the $15 called for by the Fight for $15 and other union partners, and
- promoted the inclusion of all types of staff under these living wage ordinances.
DPS classified staff—our bus drivers, custodians, child nutrition workers, instructional assistants, receptionists, and more—are the very last group of public employees in Durham County who do not earn at least $15 per hour. Most of these workers are people of color and many of them are women. Economic and racial justice demand that these workers earn a living wage so that they can meet their households’ basic needs and achieve greater financial security.
The final meeting of the current Board of County Commissioners is next Monday, November 23. At this meeting, the BOCC will have an opportunity to increase the wages of all DPS classified staff to at least $15/hour.
Please contact the members of the Board of County Commissioners immediately at let them know that all public employees in Durham – including all DPS classified staff – should be paid a living wage.
Email the BOCC today to demand $15 per hour for DPS frontline workers!
People's Alliance - PO Box 2935, Durham, NC 27715, United States