Metro faculty staff say they aren't being paid if lessons go digital due to COVID-19 – WSB Atlanta

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — The coronavirus has made digital studying a problem for everybody. However for bus drivers and different hourly staff in Fulton County, it means no paycheck.
Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes spoke with 4 bus drivers Wednesday who mentioned despite the fact that they’re apprehensive about paying lease and feeding their households, they’ll’t afford to talk on digicam and lose their jobs.
So she took their considerations to somebody who advocates for all faculty staff in metro Atlanta: the Georgia Federation of Academics.
“If we would like bus drivers and custodians and cafeteria employees to remain, we have to deal with them proper,” mentioned Verdaillia Turner with the Georgia Federation of Academics.
Turner mentioned the Fulton County Faculty has the cash to pay hourly staff like bus drivers, even on days when college students are studying remotely.
She mentioned to easily deny them pay for a virus they’ll’t management is inhumane.
Different faculty districts like Atlanta Public Faculties are paying their bus drivers and different staff this week as youngsters study from dwelling.
Fulton County was paying staff in the course of the pandemic final 12 months, however this 12 months it’s no work, no pay.
District directors despatched Fernandes an announcement, saying:
“We perceive their considerations about not being paid and the place we’ve been capable of finding different work assignments, we have now executed so. For instance, despite the fact that we’re in distant studying this week, we’re bringing bus drivers in on Friday to do coaching and different duties to mitigate the times they don’t seem to be working.”
Fulton County Faculties additionally gave these staff pay raises this 12 months and $1,200 bonus.
However bus drivers who’re residing verify to verify, particularly those that are single mothers, instructed Fernandes that dropping every week’s pay continues to be an enormous drawback.
“They’re doing jobs that many individuals wouldn’t, so if something, they want a increase on high of getting paid. So long as colleges are shut down, nonetheless pay them. That’s the appropriate factor to do,” Turner mentioned.
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