Raising awareness for new wages

Paraeducators gather around Public Service Employee Field Representative Justine Shatney as they listened to her speak about recent contract negotiations in front of the Sunnyside School Administration offices on Wednesday, Aug. 7. The three-year collective bargain agreement is set to expire at the end of the month and will remain in place until a new agreement can be reached. Paraeducator salary ranges for area staff begin at $16.38 for entry level para in first two years and an additional .50 for a two-year degree. Computer Lab, Interpreter for the Deaf, Speech Path Assistant and Braillist paras begin at the $18.45 level with increases for longevity and AA degree.  Playground assistant para entry wage is $13.70, no increases. Substitute rates vary according to assignment.

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