NESPA: How Can We Help?

Dear Friends of NUEA,

Our union colleagues in NESPA (the Naperville Educational Support Personnel Association) are in negotiations with the district, and are dealing with a contract that expired on June 30th. NESPA members are the classroom assistants, office assistants, special education aides, campus supervisors, and secretaries, among others — who make it possible to do our jobs safely and effectively. They have entered into federal mediation, similar to the process that NUEA went through over the summer. They are asking for our help.

Before the next school board meeting on Monday (9/20), please write a letter of support to the BOE before Monday, September 20.

Many people stepped up to support the NUEA effort to attain a fair contract, including NESPA members. It is now our turn to support them. Let the BOE know how important they are to what we do every day to serve students. What many of them make is nowhere near a living wage here in Naperville, and that needs to change. Please take a moment to let the BOE know your thoughts (link to their email here). As always, we encourage everyone to be respectful, direct, and civil with your appeal. But the BOE needs to know that NESPA is not in this alone here.

Thank you all in advance for your help with this!

Contract Ratification Information

The NUEA is pleased to announce that they have voted to approve the tentative agreement offered by District 203. The NUEA is now waiting for final approval from the school board on September 7 before the contract may take effect. Until then, the NUEA is not authorized to share the details of the agreement to the press or the public at large.

Special thanks go to the Negotiations Team and the Crisis Team for their long hours and dedication to a fair contract that honors our certified staff while maintaining the long-term fiscal stability for the district. Also, the NUEA leadership would like to thank all of the members who served on committees, attended the rallies, spoke at the Board meetings, and wrote letters in favor of a fair settlement. And finally, the NUEA leadership would like to thank the Naperville community. Without their advocacy and support, we would not be at this point today.

The NUEA is hopeful that the Board will ratify the agreement on Tuesday. If the agreement is not ratified, we will let the community know our next steps on this site.