As part of a nationwide protest on school funding and safe schools during the pandemic, members of AFT St. Louis Local 420, held a pop-up protest Sept. 2 outside Mason Elementary School, 6031 Southwest Ave. in St. Louis, calling on Senators Roy Blunt, Josh Hawley and Mitch McConnell to pass the HEROES Act pandemic relief package.
“We look at keeping children safe as our first job,” said Local 420 President Ray Cummings. “First responders and educators need funding to do our jobs. It’s time for President Trump and the Senators to stop vacationing and do their jobs.”
The House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a federal aid package designed to help our hard-hit states, schools, cities and towns recover from the pandemic and avoid a deep recession back in May, but McConnell refused to bring it up for a vote.
McConnell and Senate Republicans introduced their own pandemic relief package on July 27 – a plan that is $2 trillion short of what is needed. Last month, rather than putting in the time and work needed to negotiate a compromise, McConnell sent Senators home for their summer recess.
PASS THE HEROES ACT
Local 420 is urging members, parents and the general public to call Senators Blunt, McConnell and Hawley and demand they pass the HEROES Act pandemic relief package to provide the needed funding for schools to reopen safely so teachers can do their job.
“We are saying ‘pass the HEROES Act Now!’” Cummings said.
- Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) – 202-224-5721.
- Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) – 202-224-6154.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – 202-224-2541.