Michigan Education Association

Southfield public school employees rally to shine light

Serious problems in the district need public attention

Southfield, Mich., Nov. 11, 2008 –  Hundreds of Southfield teachers, support staff and parents will hold a candlelight vigil TONIGHT, Tuesday, November 11th at 6:15 p.m. at the John W. English Administration Building, 24661 Lahser Rd.

Their goal is to draw attention to how recent school board decisions have put student safety and well being in jeopardy and made employees’ futures uncertain.

They point to the board’s move to privatize busing, cafeteria, maintenance and custodial service this year---since that decision, elementary students have been stranded by inexperienced drivers, high school cafeterias have served pizza nearly every day, and the cost of services and meals to students and the district has risen significantly.

And it doesn’t stop when students enter the classroom. Southfield teachers, support personnel and secretaries have been working without a contract since August, and negotiations with the district have not reached a resolution.

“It’s been very difficult,” says MEA UniServ director Patricia Haynie, “and we now have serious concerns about how employees are being treated.”

Vigil participants will stand with flashlights and candles outside the school board meeting, hoping to show board members that they cannot keep the public in the dark about how their poor decisions affect everyone.

Contact: Patricia Haynie, MEA UniServ director, Southfield (248) 559-9725.



Updated: February 17, 2009 4:33 PM