#EquityForAll Now! An Open Letter to Brooklyn Center Community Schools

Update 2/1/2021

We’re excited to announce that a Tentative Agreement has been reached in negotiations between Brooklyn Center Community Schools and support professionals. With the support of the BCCS community, workers have been able to make significant progress on the issues raised in this letter. Stay tuned for more information.

To Superintendent Baker and the Brooklyn Center School Board,

Over many years, support professionals in Brooklyn Center have worked hand-in-hand with students and staff to ensure students reach their fullest potential. We are Educational Assistants, Secretaries, Restorative Justice Practitioners, Receptionists, Interpreters, and much more. We are parents and integral members of the Brooklyn Center community.

The most important, all-encompassing goal of BCCS is Equity. We, the support professionals of Brooklyn Center Community Schools, are asking that this commitment to equity extend to us, one of the most diverse and experienced groups in the district:

  • An equal and livable pay increase for all categories of support professionals, and an option for annualized pay (pay spread out over 12 months).
  • Equitable health insurance. It is just wrong for one employee group to pay hundreds more a month for health insurance than others in the district.
  • Equity and diversity issues. The District must meaningfully address the concerns and proposals of one of the most diverse groups in our district.

Brooklyn Center Community Schools couldn’t run without the expertise and invaluable experience of its support staff, but we have been marginalized for too long. It is time to demonstrate talk through action, starting at home with the people who work hard to make life better for the children of our district.

We, the undersigned, call for the District to sit down across the table, try forward-thinking, outside-of-the-box solutions, and reach a fair agreement as soon as possible.

Signed,

SEIU Support Professionals and community members

Signers


  BCCS worker
  BCCS parent (current or former)

  • Ami Abbeh †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Candi Abbott †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Furmilayo Abiodun †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Fadul Adams †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Travis Adams †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Angel Aguilar 
    Parent & Family Liaison
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Julio Aguilar 
    Student
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Pablo aguilar †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Amanda Aldrich †
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Breondea Alexander †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Ashley Anderson Anderson 
    Para educator
    Mounds View
  • Ruth Anderson 
    Duluth, MN
  • Sara Anderson 
    Bloomington School Teacher
    Savage, MN
  • Carolina Aranda †
    TRABAJADORA 100 %
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Victoria Archie †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Thomas Armstrong †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Lakeia Austin †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Maria Barreto †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Jasmine Bengtson 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Laura Binder 
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nicole Blazevic †
    Home maker
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Lori Boehlke 
    Guidance Secretary
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Gricelda Bravo †
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Roeniece Brown †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Tamera Brown †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Teranda Brown †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jessica Buckner †
    Optical tech
    Big lake, MN
  • Goodrich Buckner III †
    Delivery
    Monticello, MN
  • Debbie Burdette 
    Kitchen Helper
    Brooklyn center, MN
  • Mary Burdette 
    Cooks Helper
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Cheryl Byron 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Julio Cabrera †
    White Bear Lake, MN
  • Raquel Calderon 
    Child Development Associated
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Kim Calhoun 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Laura Carpenter 
    Support Staff Minneapolis Public Schools
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Michelle Cecena 
    Special Education Assistant
    Columbia Heights, MN
  • Kim Chalfen †
    Osseo, MN
  • Kim Chalfen †
    Osseo, MN
  • Rebecca Chang 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Brenda Clark †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Frances Contreras 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Colleen Cook 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Anna Cordie 
    Speech and Language Pathologist
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Chloe Cotherman 
    Art Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jennifer Cypher 
    Executive Assistant Student Services
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Sakeena Dailey †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Alfreda Daniels 
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Ebrahima Darbo †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Tony Darrington †
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Kendrick Davies 
    Media Assistant
    St. Paul, MN
  • Evett Davis †
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Patrick Davis †
    Community Research Advisor
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Sherry Davis 
    Cooks Helper
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Angela Deleon 
    School Social Worker
    Fridley, MN
  • Miguel Diaz 
    A&P Mechanic
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Geoff Dittberner 
    Inver Grove Heights, MN
  • Heather Dodds 
    Social Studies Teacher
    Minnetonka, MN
  • Kendall Doom 
    School Social Worker
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Elizabeth Dungins 
    Administration Assistance
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Mathew Edmonds 
    Teacher
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Matthew Edmonds 
    EL Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Laura Edwards 
    Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kari Ehlers 
    Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Bianca Emmons 
    Social Worker
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Stacey Engelkes-Cain 
    Head cook
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Andrea Enneking 
    Teacher
    Robbinsdale, MN
  • Amber Erickson †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Lisa Erickson 
    Community member (previous support staff of 15 yrs)
    Brooklyn Center
  • Lars Ericson 
    7th Grade English Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kendra Erie †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Tiara Fard †
    Owner
    Champlin, MN
  • Lindsey Fenner 
    Graduate, Brooklyn Center Public Schools
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Cynthia Ferraro 
    Special Education Assistant
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ann Fix †
    Business Advertising
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Lucia Flores †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Sue Foote 
    Teacher
    Vadnais Heights, MN
  • Monica Ford †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Erin Forse 
    Preschool Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Erin Forse 
    Preschool Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Andre Friedman †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Emily Ganser 
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Andrea Garcia 
    SEA
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Kiara Gaston †
    Licensed Eyelash Technician
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Kerry Gautsch 
    Humanities Teacher
    Dayton, MN
  • Sylvia Gbor †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Nicole Gehler 
    St Louis Park, MN
  • Kelly Gibbons 
    Executive Director, SEIU Local 284
    West Saint Paul, MN
  • Samuel Gibson †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Jasmine Glenn †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Sara Glenzinski 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Eva Gonzalez †
    Housewife
    Smyrna, DE
  • Sizi Goyah 
    Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Patrick Graham 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Taylor Graphenteen 
    Special Education Assistant
    Andover, MN
  • Shakita Green 
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Samantha Greer †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Melissa Grewe 
    Paraeducator
    White Bear Lake, MN
  • Jakelyn Grimes †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Al Hall 
    Retire
    St. Paul, MN
  • Alfred Hall †
    Grandfather
    St. Paul
  • Amy Hansen 
    Special Education Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Courtney Harris †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Julie Hart 
    Teacher
    Circles Pines, MN
  • Rob Harty 
    Monticello, MN
  • Janieta Harvey 
    PCA
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Maurice Harvey †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Beth Hausladen 
    Teacher
    New German, MN
  • Kris Heim 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Patricia Hernandez-Mira 
    Early Childhood Educator
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Zarita Hester †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Melissa Hoffman 
    Ecse teacher
    Vadnais Heights, MN
  • Heather Holle 
    Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Heather Holle 
    Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Holly Hollister †
    School Counselor
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Cybrean Hubert 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Shekinah Hudson 
    Restorative Behavior Specialist
    Maple Grove, MN
  • Alena Huynh 
    Cosmetology
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Mattana Intakong 
    EL
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Annie Isler 
    Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Gerelle Jackson 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Shirley Jackson 
    Brooklyn Center
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Bhasker Jakkula 
    EL Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Bhasker Jakkula 
    EL Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Jody Jetland 
    Activities Secretary
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Dywon Johnson †
    Minneapolis MN
  • Hazel Johnson †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • LeAnne Johnson 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Tonya Johnson †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Susan Joles †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Qianna Jones †
    Champlin, MN
  • Stephanie Jones †
    Parent
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Sylvester Jones †
    Engineer
    Brooklyn Center
  • Maggie Kalda 
    Union organizer
    St. Paul, MN
  • Josh Keller 
    Lauderdale, MN
  • Andrea Kemink 
    Teacher
    Minneapolis MN
  • Laura Kettler 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Charlene King †
    Staff Support
    Minneapolis MN
  • Tanya King 
    Bus Driver
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Rachel Kraus 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Katy Leach 
    Teacher
    Crystal, MN
  • Adriana Lee †
    Mom
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Clarissa Leino 
    Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Jennifer Levy 
    Health Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Andi Lilya 
    Kindergarten Teachers
    St. Louis Park, MN
  • Sherrill Lindsey 
    Plymouth, MN
  • Marlene Lorenzana 
    Cook
    Houston, TX
  • Allison Luttrell-Montgomery 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Bernard Mackie †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Brenda Maravilla 
    Quality Control Lead
    Fridley, MN
  • Johanna Maravilla 
    Merchant
    San Salvador, el Salvador
  • Mickey Marlyss †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Rhonda Marn 
    English Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Mak Mars †
    Advocacy Coordinator
    Duluth, MN
  • Glorius L Martin 
    Program Assistant
    Saint Paul, MN
  • Irene Martin †
    Maple Grove, MN
  • Ramon Martinez 
    Teacher
    Fridley, MN
  • Nancy McCarty 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Demitri McGee 
    Youth Director
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Regina M. McGraw 
    Art Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ciera McKee †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Diane McLaurin †
    Coons Rapid, MN
  • Nichole Meis †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Maritza Mejia 
    No Más despidos ni Reducción de horas
    St. Paul, MN
  • Gregory Melina 
    Restorative Practice Specialist
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Errol Mentor 
    Student Support Specialist
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Nancy Mikulak 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Anna Miller-Sherman 
    Minneapolis
  • Edward Milton 
    Driver
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Jaime Mira 
    Shipping and Receiving Specialist
    Vadnais Heights, MN
  • Kamal Mohamed †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Ramadan Mohamed †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Elst Monterrlsa 
    Teacher
    Maplewood, MM
  • Anissa Moore †
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Reginald Moore 
    Behavior Specialist
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Tamela Moore 
    Special Education Assistant
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Marco Morales 
    Handyman
    Somerset, TX
  • Anna Natysin 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Jakayla Neal †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Erick Nelson †
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Jessica Nelson 
    St. Louis Park, MN
  • Josephine Nelson †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Tywon Nelson †
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Ann New †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Sally Newman †
    Resource Coordinator
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Van Nguyen 
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Frakina Norman †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Garrett O'connor 
    Holmes NY
  • Trish Olsen 
    5th Grade Teacher
    Hugo, MN
  • Caitlin Olson 
    Humanities Teacher
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Lindsey Olson 
    Accounts payable
    Duluth, MN
  • Lindsey Olson 
    Accounts payable
    Duluth, MN
  • Celeste Ondich 
    Chemist
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Rutilo Osorio 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Gabrielle Oswald 
    RN
    MAYER
  • Kaycie Palesch 
    Teacher
    Little Canada, MN
  • Ella Paxton 
    Targeted Services Clerical
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Anna Pease 
    St. Paul, MN
  • Marcia Phillips 
    Special Education Assistant
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Marcia Phillips 
    Special Education Assistant
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Marjorie Pierre †
    Brooklyn
  • Joan Pobul 
    Former Special Education Assistant and BC Parent
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Anastacio Ponce 
    Custodian
    Brooklyn center, MN
  • Genny Pongsak 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Julio Port †
    Student
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Darnet Porter †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Erica Porter †
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Jonathan Porter 
    Gary
  • Claudia Portillo †
    Teacher
    Blooklyn Center, MN
  • Isis Portillo 
    Clerical
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Mayra Portillo 
    Mineapolis, MN
  • Keshia Prince †
    Brooklyn Park, MN
  • Miamon Queeglay 
    Community School Manager
    Crystal, MN
  • Ana Reyes 
    House
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Fernando Reyes 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Ora Roberts 
    Special Education Assistant
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Dallas Robertson 
    Teaching Assistant SPPS
    St Paul, MN
  • Gina Robertson †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Ebony Robinson 
    Cashier
    Coon Rapids Mn
  • Monica Rosas †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Shawna Roscoe †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Crystal Ruiz †
    Community Research Advisor
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Paul Sackaroff 
    English Teacher
    St. Paul, MN
  • Gemima Eunice Sanchez Cruz 
    Profesora
    El Salvador
  • Dan Scoggins 
    Security Officer, SEIU Local 26 in Solidarity!
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Christian Scott-Hills 
    Teacher
    Brooklyn Park
  • Bailey Scully 
    Former BCCS teacher
    Burnsville, MN
  • Patricia Selma 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Vallerie Shephard 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Megan Siegle 
    Teacher
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Allison Sisombath 
    Social Worker
    Maple Grove, MN
  • Lydia Skadberg 
    Former teacher
    Otsego, MN
  • Dwayne Starr 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jessica Starr 
    Lab Tech
    Fridley, MN
  • Suzette Starr †
    Grandmother
    Minneapolis
  • Kaitlin Stein 
    Dance Teacher
  • Rebecca Stump 
    Teacher
    River Falls, WI
  • David Sundeen 
    OST worker
    Hopkins
  • Amy Teigen 
    Teacher
    Champlin, MN
  • Amanda Tempel 
    Minneapolis
  • Dorene Thomas 
    Maple Grove, MN
  • Victoria Tiger 
    Special Education Assistant
    Crystal, MN
  • Sara Turner †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Leebrandy Vargas 
    MARSS Specialist
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Lara Vasquez †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Ann Mary Waletko 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Stanley Waletko †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Trenee Washington †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Trevon Washington †
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Lisa Watson 
    PCA
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Marcus Watson 
    Business owner
    Golden Valley, MN
  • Crystal Wickliffe †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Annie Wildenauer 
    Teacher
    Stillwater, MN
  • Annie Wildenauer 
    Teacher
    Stillwater, MN
  • John Wiley 
    Minneapolis
  • Fatu N. Williams †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Mandy L. Williams †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Tashawna Williams 
    CS Site Coordinator
    Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
  • Trina Williams †
    Operation Specialist
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Chauncy Williams-Barefield 
    Special Education Assistant
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Lavern Williamson †
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Jill Windsperger 
    Teacher
    Crystal, MN
  • Catherine Witting 
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Aaron Wolobah 
    New Hope, MN
  • Kassey Wylie †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Ahni Xiong 
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Marcus Xiong †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Pa Houa Xiong †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Rick Yang †
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Karla Yatckoske 
    Educator (former EA and Teacher, BCCS)
    Chicago, IL

Recent Signers

  • Christian Scott-Hills 
    Teacher
    Brooklyn Park
  • Karla Yatckoske 
    Educator (former EA and Teacher, BCCS)
    Chicago, IL
  • Bhasker Jakkula 
    EL Teacher
    Brooklyn Center, MN
  • Gricelda Bravo 
    Brooklyn Center MN
  • Lisa Erickson 
    Community member (previous support staff of 15 yrs)
    Brooklyn Center