ESP Bill of Rights

Education support professionals (ESPs) are organizing to build presence, strength, and power in a campaign focused on a bill of rights that defines the is­sues long nagging these dedicat­ed employees and now threaten­ing not only the recruitment of new employees but the retention of dedicated veteran employees.

Too many ESPs work second jobs and struggle to provide for their families, buy homes, save for their futures, and afford community or four-year college tuition for their children to learn a trade and plan a career. The looming threats of privatiza­tion by school districts, which would import even lower-paid workers from outside areas, risk the stability of schools and com­munities and further undermine the value of ESPs and their jobs.

DOING MORE WITH LESS

With continuing staff shortages, escalating student behavioral challenges, increasing respon­sibilities, a continuing lack of respect, and the rising costs of healthcare benefits, ESPs are being asked to do more—too often without the resources they need and the compensation they deserve.

We want to build our strength at the bargaining table and that starts with building power and purpose in every county.

— STACY TAYMAN, CO-CHAIR, ESP ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Maryland State Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury signs the ESP Bill of Rights at the 2022 MSEA Convention.

Some school board members and community and state officials have refused time and again to rec­ognize support staff and their con­tributions or to provide adequate, living wages. While the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future provides funding to add staff in some ESP positions, there is more to do.

That’s why ESPs and educators around the state are organizing around an ESP Bill of Rights. Learn more about how and why ESPs wrote the Bill of Rights here.

Ready to Take Action?

Step 1: Endorse the Bill of Rights

Step 2: Attend a monthly activist training to learn how to host a building meeting

Step 3: Host a meeting at your worksite

ESP Bill of Rights Activist Corner

Upcoming ESP Events

Education Support Professional Bill of Rights Activist Training

Every education support professional (ESP) deserves strong rights on the job. We deserve a family-sustaining wage, health care, job security, and the right for a strong union so we can advocate for ourselves.

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Education Support Professional Bill of Rights Activist Training

Every education support professional (ESP) deserves strong rights on the job. We deserve a family-sustaining wage, health care, job security, and the right for a strong union so we can advocate for ourselves.

RSVP

Education Support Professional Bill of Rights Activist Training

Every education support professional (ESP) deserves strong rights on the job. We deserve a family-sustaining wage, health care, job security, and the right for a strong union so we can advocate for ourselves.

RSVP

Education Support Professionals Professional Development Day

ESP Professional Development Day will focus on MSEA’s ESP Bill of Rights and the fight for a living wage, fairness, and respect for all support staff. Organized for and by ESP members from across the state. More information coming soon!

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Education Support Professional Bill of Rights Activist Training

Every education support professional (ESP) deserves strong rights on the job. We deserve a family-sustaining wage, health care, job security, and the right for a strong union so we can advocate for ourselves.

RSVP