This week the paraprofessional contract was ratified. Of the 117 voting members, 85 voted in favor, and 0 voted against.
The paraprofessionals won two of our core proposals. The starting salary will increase from $20,680 to $25,000, and paraprofessionals will earn job security after 4 years.
Our path to this contract dates back over a year, and our success would not have been possible without the relentless efforts of the bargaining team, the contract action team, the STA board, the rank-and-file members who mobilized, and our community supporters.
Thank you to all who volunteered their time in this contract campaign, and congratulations on this victory. Through our efforts in Somerville, we have raised the bar for paraprofessionals across the state, and learned the most important lesson: WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN!