Movement of Rank and File Educators Statement of Solidarity For Twin Cities Educators: St. Paul Federation of Educators, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Professionals
On February 18th, three unions, the St. Paul Federation of Educators, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and the Educational Support Professions, representing a collective voice of 7,600 educators voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. Educators are making common good demands that include a living wage for paraprofessionals, more mental health workers and smaller class sizes. MFT’s demands also include more counselors, caseload caps, lower health care premiums and policies to support and retain educators of color. All three unions are unified in exposing a proposed constitutional amendment to end the state’s mandate to fund public education.
With a $7.7 billion dollar surplus in the state budget, and billionaires experiencing exponential profits, educators have had enough of the state’s insistence that the funds do not exist to provide funding for basic demands.
The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City stands in support and solidarity with our union family in the Twin Cities who are fighting for their working conditions that are inextricably linked to their students’ learning conditions.
Stand in Solidarity with Twin Cities Educators! How You Can Help!
Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59 & Educational Support Professionals (ESP’s) Information:
Donate to the strike fund:
Learn about the issues:
MFT Bargaining Priorities:
ESP Chapter Proposals and Priorities:
Attracting and Retaining Educators of Color:
What Do Safe and Stable Schools Mean to Us?
Strike Authorization Questions and Answers:
MFT Strike Solidarity - Individual Sign Up:
MFT Strike Solidarity - Organizational Sign Up:
Sign this petition to support MPS Students and Educators for Safe and Stable Schools:
St. Paul Federation of Educators Local 28 Information:
Learn about the issues:
The Time Is Now:
Sign this petition to support SPFE educators in their fight for the schools St. Paul students deserve:
SPFE Parent and Community Allies Toolkit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hCNBl35jKnZOl3UbAwxZBFB4Oqdj8ddzltu7aApdOlE/edit
TELL JOE GOTHARD TO INVEST IN STUDENTS & AVOID A STRIKE!: https://secure.ngpvan.com/EvOvJ87TdE25H_LWxUNJ6Q2
Record a selfie video:
Create a short selfie video about what SPFE’s priorities (smaller class sizes, more mental health supports, retaining great educators by offering reasonable raises) would mean for your child and their peers.
- Take a look at this cheat-sheet for some tips on recording.
- Share your videos on social media. Make sure to tag SPFE and SPPS (@SPFE28 and @SPPS_News) in your posts and use the hashtags #WeAreSPFE and #StPaulStudentsDeserve.
- Send your video to Megan Boldt at [email protected] or 651-245-9163.
Articles on the Negotiations and Possible Strike: