Action alert: Airport and Walled Lake districts threatening privatization of transportation employees
Two Southeast Michigan school boards will meet next week to consider privatizing or punishing education support professionals who work in transportation services, and MEA members are urged to attend the meetings in support of their colleagues.
Airport Community Schools in Monroe County is about to issue a request for proposals to sell off its fleet of school busses and fully outsource its transportation services to a company that would put profits before service.
The Airport School Board will meet Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at Wagar Middle School Media Center, 11200 Grafton Road in Carleton.
On Thursday, the Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s board will meet to consider a plan that would force transportation employees to sacrifice an additional $1.4 million per year to avoid having their jobs privatized. Combined with previous concessions made by Walled Lake transportation employees just three years ago, this would result in a total of $9 million in cuts over a six-year period.
Walled Lake School Board members have refused to return phone calls from employees and local citizens to explain their draconian proposal. They’ll finally have to face the community, as the board will meet Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Education Services Center, 850 Ladd Road, Building D, in Walled Lake.
It’s critical that MEA members attend these meetings and let the respective school boards know they will be held accountable for their actions.