Prayer Vigil Slated for North Central WV Head Start Workers

Quality community services could be at risk if an agreement cannot be reached with North Central WV Community Action management.

CLARKSBURG, WV – On Tuesday, September 8th, workers from North Central WV Community Action’s Head Start program will be joined by community, labor and faith leaders at VA Memorial Park in Clarksburg as they pray for peaceful resolution to on-going contract negotiations which have reached a critical point.

“We ask the community to stand with us as we work to strengthen the quality services we provide to Head Start children and their families by bargaining a fair contract that will help us retain and attract quality staff,” said Jason Miller, a Family Coordinator for the Head Start program.  “Working together to help children, parents and families reach their goals is our top priority, and having a fair contract will allow us to better advocate for higher quality services.”

North Central WV Community Action has proposed drastic concessions, including taking away earned sick leave and retirement security while only offering wages at near-poverty levels.

 “The North Central West Virginia Community Action Association claims to help individuals and families reach their highest levels of social and economic independence by providing a broad range of anti-poverty services and educational resources, but you can’t do that by forcing your workers to live in poverty themselves,” continued Miller.

The prayer vigil will be held on September 8, 2015 at VA Memorial Park in Clarksburg, WV starting at 6:00pm.

If an agreement cannot be reached with management in the interim, Head Start workers have scheduled an informational picket for Tuesday, September 15th at the Weston Center, located at 465 US Highway 33 East in Weston, WV from 4:30pm until 6:30pm.

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