PATERSON, NJ- As reported Sunday, members of the Paterson Education Association participated in informational pickets at elementary schools across the city on Monday. Members are expected to participate in similar actions in the city's middle schools and high schools on Tuesday and Wednesday.
TAPinto Paterson visited Paterson School Number 3 on Monday where nearly 50 teachers, aides, and the school's nurse picketed up and down Main Street chanting and eliciting reactions from passing vehicles.
According to Ruth Windish, a Paterson school teacher for 42 years, members of the Paterson Education are seeking a contract that contains fair raises, limits increases in health insurance costs, and, most importantly, "better services for children." Hopeful that the appointment of a new Superintendent, expected later this week, will bring increased attention and positive action on contract negotiations, Windish expressed that PEA members simply want to be "treated like the professionals we are."
The actions were scheduled to coincide with the arrival of parents for report card distribution.
One, Araceli Dominguez, spoke to TAPinto Paterson through an interpreter saying that she believes the teachers are "doing the right thing" by speaking up about the lack of a contract and that "parents should join with them also." With four children in Paterson schools Dominguez continued that she "knows the teachers," and "trusts them."
When asked about the action the Administration referred to their policy of not commenting while in negotiations.