Mississippi Association of Educators, others host Acting U.S. Labor Secretary in Jackson

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

JANS – The Mississippi Association of Educators, along with the Mississippi AFL-CIO, and the Central Mississippi Central Labor Council, hosted a round-table discussion with labor leaders, workers, and community supporters on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Smith Robertson Museum in Jackson. Organizers provided Acting U. S. Secretary of Labor Julie Su with an opportunity to hear directly from those who are impacted by working conditions in the state – from factory workers to teachers. 

“We were pleased to help provide working people the chance to speak frankly to the Acting Secretary,” said MAE President Erica Jones who was also a member of the panel. “I think everyone there, including the over 60 people who made up the audience, were impressed with Acting Secretary Su’s understanding of the issues facing working Mississippians. For teachers and our support staff, the needs are great. We are advocating for living wages and contracts for those upon whom our schools depend to keep the doors open. Bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors all deserve to be paid well because they are essential to any school’s success.”

President Jones, a second-grade teacher, pointed out that although the state’s school funding formula has only been fully funded twice in its over two decades of existence, suddenly there is a push for vouchers and school choice which stands to further underfund public schools. “We are not in support of the proposed program where tax money turns into tuition for private schools,” she said.

Among those who were on the panel in addition to President Jones were LaKeisha Preston, CWA/Call Center Workers; Johnny Byrd, MASE/CWA; Lorena Quiroz, Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity (IAJE); Ebony Rice, Jackson Federation of Teachers; Shambae Jones, Corporation Jackson; Frank Figgers, One Voice; Morris Mock, Nissan worker; and Brian McMurray, IBEW.

Former State Representative Jim Evans was event facilitator.

Republish This Story

Copy and Paste the below text.

Mississippi Association of Educators, others host Acting U.S. Labor Secretary in Jackson

By Jackson Advocate News Service
March 4, 2024