Teachers statewide rally for better wages, working conditions for Bay Area educators in SF

Teachers from across the state rallied in San Francisco Saturday, in support of Bay Area educators, many who say they are underpaid, understaffed and under-appreciated.

Members of the California Federation of Teachers were taking time from their annual conference to support educators in San Francisco.

“We are the union, the mighty, mighty union,” they chanted.

“This is about being united for justice, united for education. We’re coming together for that fight for students and members,” said Jeff Freitas, president of the California Federation of Teachers.

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Some SFUSD and City College employees say they survived working during the pandemic, inside some classrooms which were without heat but pay remains the biggest issue for Leslie Hu.

“San Francisco is an expensive city to live in. We make low wages. Some paraeducators only make $17.50 an hour, which is very close to city minimum wage,” said Hu, who is a SFUSD social worker.

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