CSA Supports DC 1707 at the March and Rally For Wage Parity
On Wed, June 20, CSA leadership and members joined DC 1707 AFSCME at their Rally for Wage Parity. Close to a thousand workers and educators gathered at Battery Park and marched to City Hall to demand that the administration eliminate the disparity in compensation paid to teachers, staff, and directors at community-based centers, as compared to the compensation paid to their counterparts in the Department of Education.
Speakers at the rally included CSA President Mark Cannizzaro, Council Member Ben Kallos, and Comptroller Scott Stringer.
“I’m so glad the young children in the crowd came up front,” said Cannizzaro with CSA member Lois Lee by his side at the podium. “They deserve the same opportunity as the early childhood students in the Department of Education. They are getting a quality education provided by you, and all we ask for is equal pay for equal work. This must be the beginning. We must be united, we must be loud, and we must demand the same for these three and four-year-olds as other three and four-year-olds throughout the city and throughout the state. They deserve nothing less.”
CSA member Chloe Pashman also spoke at the rally and took the opportunity to read statements she had gathered from her fellow early childhood educators.