Elgin – The District U46 Educational Assistants’ (DUEA) President Sara Moeller today released the following statement regarding DUEA’s new contract with Elgin School District Unit 46.
“While DUEA members are glad we have a new agreement with the district, we’d like to make it clear that our members, who work with the district’s most vulnerable students, are still making poverty level wages. The board of education made a step in the right direction during our negotiating sessions, but we still need to do better. DUEA will continue to push for a living wage for all 600 of our members. This is not just an Elgin education issue, it’s a women’s rights issue because 90 percent of our membership is women. We will continue to push for better for our members and our students.”
The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.