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.
Category: JESPA Wins
Meet Andrea Cisneros, a JESPA member and Colorado’s ESP of the Year nominee, whose tireless advocacy for healthy school meals and community organizing has garnered national recognition.
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.
ur very own Andrea Cisneros has been recognized as the Colorado ESP of the year! She is a food service manager at West Woods Elementary and a proud member of JESPA. Andrea is known for her tireless dedication and hard work, both in her role as a food service manager and in her involvement
January 30, 2023 Last Tuesday night, the JESPA bargaining team and members of the JCTA (Jeffco Transportation Association) went to the table to resolve a grievance over proposed retention bonuses for transportation and food service employees. Both departments wanted to use saved “underspend” dollars, which were accumulated due to understaffing, on an attendance bonus or
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2022 Jeffco Public Schools settles with food service managers in class action grievance over pay Jeffco’s pay for sales structure was not fairly implemented when school lunch serving volume increased with free meals for all students last year. GOLDEN, CO. – The Jefferson County Public School District settled a class
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.