In the realm of special education, paraeducators are indispensable, offering direct support to students with special needs. Yet, their crucial role faces uncertainty as the Jeffco School District labels them ‘temporary’ despite their established permanent employee status. This undermines job security, worsens staffing issues, and impacts hundreds of students with special needs. Join us in standing up for paraeducators, our students, and our commitment to fairness and stability.
In a groundbreaking move, Colorado has taken a significant step towards safeguarding the rights of its public employees with the recently enacted “Protections for Public Workers Act.” This legislation marks a turning point in extending essential rights to workers across various sectors, including hospitals, universities, public schools, and other quasi-governmental entities. This article dives into the core provisions of the Act, its resemblances to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Sections 7 and 8, and the profound impact it holds for workers and unions.
While we had several great wins with new contract language and wage schedules, the district fought many of the transformative changes we had advocated for, including vital issues such as livable wages, adequate staffing, improved health benefits, and an end to outsourcing. While we feel the weight of this disappointment, it only fuels our resolve to fight harder for the rights and demands that remain unmet.
Here in Jeffco Public Schools, workers have been speaking up and organizing for better learning conditions for our students, for fiscal responsibility, and for quality, healthy food in our cafeterias. We campaigned to keep schools safe and open to students who need resources and school lunch during COVID. We have fought against the misuse of
JESPA and JCEA (the Jefferson County Education Association) joined forces to negotiate a new process for the Benefits Advisory Committee. JESPA/JCEA and the District reached an agreement that outlines the rules for how the committee operates. “We needed a stronger voice on this committee, as well as transparency, and fairness,” said Lara Center, JESPA President.
JESPA and JCEA head to the bargaining table TOGETHER to address concerns with the Health Benefits Committee! The Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC) has been run for too long outside of the bargaining table. The committee has made decisions regarding healthcare which JESPA found to be a violation of the JESPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. We filed
As Students Go Back to School Healthy School Meals for All Ballot Measure Campaign Kicks Off JESPA and our Allies Urge YES Vote for Kids Edgewater, CO – Today, JESPA stood in support of the Healthy School Meals for All campaign, which officially launched marking a remarkable moment in Colorado’s future. This November, voters can
Jefferson County Public Schools Support Professionals and the Board of Education ratify new contract
Starting pay for union workers increases by 44% with historic new deal.
JESPA Members overwhelmingly voted to ratify the Tentative Agreement with 98% YES votes. The next step is for the Jeffco Board of Education to adopt the Agreement as well. Once that happens, the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be in effect on September 1st. We will let you know when that board meeting is scheduled.
Jeffco employees received emails about premium increases and plan changes on Wednesday, April 20th. This is because the Jeffco Board of Education took action at their April 7th Board meeting to authorize these changes. This is a violation of our Collective Bargaining Agreement and violates the principles of good faith bargaining. The district implemented a