Public School Employees
Dallas Public School members:
Dallas County Schools:
Head Start of Greater Dallas:
Dallas Public Schools:
People who work 9 months a year for the Dallas Public Schools, such as the kitchen workers, do not get any paid holidays or vacation days. The don't get paid for days when school is in session, but the students aren't there such as parent-teacher conferences, staff development days, fair days, and so forth. This is too many days to be off without pay. This is wrong.
We are doing a signature drive to present to Superintendent Rojas in April asking for 13 paid holidays during each school year.
If you want to help or join in our effort, call Local 100 in Dallas at 214-823-2001. Together we can make this happen.
Dallas Head Start:
In March of this year the Dallas office of Local 100 began following up on inquiries from employees of Head Start of Greater Dallas. People had been asking about forming a union. We began talking to Head Start workers as they were coming and going to work. We also visited those who had signed petitions to stop cuts in federal funding that we had gotten signed earlier.
Employees that Local 100 met with were angry. They felt that they were being pushed to the wall by a variety of issues including:
Employees were sick and tired of all of these things and they wanted to do something about it.
Because workers were organizing and showing that they wanted to have
a voice on the job, the director of the agency sent out a letter, which
was intended to frighten the workers out of joining the union. The letter
included a number of lies about high union dues, high paid organizers
and Head Start workers in Houston losing their jobs. Local 100 members
knew these things were a lie: they know that Local 100 dues are
Local 100 members knew the truth, but they have had to spend a lot of time working with nonmembers who thought management was telling the truth. The drive is still moving forward through the determination of the workers talking to other workers.
Head Start employees in Dallas could not be silenced by management. Employees
attended the first organizing committee meeting on May 1, 1999. Within
two (2) weeks they had signed up 25 coworkers and had reached into eleven
(11) of the 33 centers. On July 10, a group of workers met for a potluck
lunch and met with Local 100 Head Start members from Houston. There are
plans underway now to sign up enough