Teamsters at the San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department (PSD) ratified a strong first-time agreement with the county, bringing much-needed salary adjustments and a grievance procedure to these 500 working people in early childhood education.
“We never had a voice before this Teamster contract. We now have a voice,” said Toi Waddles, a teacher at Fontana Citrus Head Start. PSD Teamsters ratified the agreement unanimously.
PSD Teamsters have been in negotiations with San Bernardino County since March 2017. In December 2017, thousands of community members and parents of PSD students showed their support for these working people by signing postcards addressed to county officials, demanding that they help create “Stability for PSD Families” with Local 1932. The push from the public led to progress at the negotiating table.
“We cannot win strong contracts like this one by coming into things alone,” said Sean Segal, a program generalist at Westminster Head Start. “We stood together with the community and the results were fantastic. I know it’s just the start.”
Local 1932 and San Bernardino County also agreed to work together to secure additional funding that it is currently lacking in early childhood education.
“Every day, these new Teamsters at PSD care for thousands of our region’s most vulnerable children,” said Randy Korgan, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1932 in San Bernardino, which represents the PSD workers. “Going forward, we will ensure that these children and the working people that care for them have the resources they need to truly thrive.”