Will we get paid during the closure?
Schools will continue to receive funding throughout the closure, and Gov. Walz has made it clear that all school workers, including hourly employees, should continue to get paid as regularly scheduled.
No school employee should lose pay, benefits, or PTO due to the closure. We hope districts do the right thing, but if not, let your Contract Organizer know right away, and we will work together to address it. Districts will be kept whole and our employees should be kept whole too. Stay tuned for info on legislation that would legally require them to do so.
Who should come in to work?
Watch for communications from your district about who should report to work. Many of us–except employees who are “at risk”–will likely continue to work during this closure. Schools may provide distance learning, nutritional services, care for the children of emergency workers, special ed services, and more. Stewards and Contract Organizers will need to work together to ensure our voices are included in your district’s planning process.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people over 60 years old, or those with underlying medical conditions (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, etc) are considered “at risk”. If you think you might be at risk, “it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.” Please read these guidelines from the CDC, and reach out to your steward or Contract Organizer if you need help.
What if we need to take care of family members?
Our union contracts as well as Minnesota’s family leave laws still apply. You have a right to take care of your family members. Contact your Contract Organizer for any questions.
What is suggested for limiting the spread of COVID 19?
Please carefully read over these guidelines from the MN Dept. of Health. These guidelines for social distancing, hand-washing, etc. should all be followed at our workplaces and beyond.
Safety should always be the #1 priority at work. If you have questions or concerns, make sure you stay safe, communicate with management, and reach out to your Contract Organizer if needed. We are here to support you.