CSA Rallies For Pay Parity Alongside DC 1707 And Elected Officials
The issue of higher pay for early childhood educators and staff took on a new urgency in March as two locals of DC 1707, representing teachers and a variety of other day care specialists, voted to authorize a one-day strike. Advocates took to the steps of New York City Hall for a boisterous rally on March 20 demanding that Mayor de Blasio address the problem.
A long line of City Councilmembers, union leaders and ECE took the podium to call for pay parity. The tone of many was of anger and frustration. CSA First Vice President Rosemarie Sinclair stoked the crowd and assured them that CSA is with them in their fight, as it has been with CSA ECE members who are directors and assistant directors.
Council Member Ben Kallos said the Mayor’s signature issue was sullied by the failure to resolve this issue. “When the mayor rolled out Pre-K for All, he did it on the backs of CSA and 1707 members,” Mr. Kallos said.
The theme that a change is overdue ran through many of the speeches. Council Member Helen Rosenthal, who represents parts of
the Upper West Side, remarked that she had been to so many of these rallies for ECE members that she hoped there would be no need for more of them. Mark Treyger, who chairs the City Council’s education committee, said Mayor de Blasio should stop campaigning for president and spend more time in New York to resolve this long-simmering fight. “While the pancakes in New Hampshire are undoubtedly tasty,” Mr. Treyger said, “put down the maple syrup!”
At press time, no date had been set for the one-day strike.
By Chuck Wilbanks