Public school paraprofessionals form union

Paraprofessionals working for Lake City Public Schools have formed a union.

According to Minnesota Educator, the magazine of the state education professionals union Education Minnesota, 90 percent of the district’s 24 paraprofessionals signed authorization cards in support of unionization.

“With COVID, we felt like we were on the short end of the stick. And we found ourselves without jobs. We showed up every day, but we weren’t given a choice in our jobs,” Michelle Seydel, one of the organizers, is reported as saying.

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Last week the Graphic published a story on the formation of a union representing the more than 20 paraprofessionals in the Lake City School District. Michelle Seydel was a leader of that effort and is now president of the union local. “Forming a local has been in talks for some time,” she said. “...

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