Hunger strikers protest school aide layoffs
Two parents and two employees of the School District have begun a hunger strike in response to the recent layoffs of 1,202 noontime aides, MSNBC reports.
The strike, called “Fast for Safe Schools,” began Monday morning on the steps of the governor’s Philadelphia office. The activists plan to drink only water until the state and city have the funds to rehire aides.
“The elimination of more than 1,200 student safety staff from schools across the District, including those on the federal ‘persistently dangerous’ schools list, places Philadelphia’s students in danger,” reads the statement from UNITE HERE, a union representing noontime aides, who are also called student safety staff.
This is the second demonstration that UNITE HERE has sponsored since layoff notices went out to every noontime aide in the District on June 7. Unless the District can come up with funds to help close the $304 million dollar budget hole by June 30, all aides will be out of a job for the next school year.