‘Brand votes against Lunch Ladies’

To the Editor:

Of the hundreds of people that are employed by the Fairfield Public Schools, there is a small group that goes unnoticed. They are the food service workers, affectionately know by many as the “the Lunch Ladies.” As a former Lunch Lady, I consider this group an important part of the fabric of the Fairfield schools.

This past June the Board of Education voted 7-2 to approve a 2% raise and benefit adjustment for the schools’ food service workers. One of those two who voted against this was Sue Brand.

On her website Sue states that she cares about people and she will be a strong voice for us. Sue didn’t care about the Lunch Ladies when she cast her vote not to give these hard working low paid workers better benefits and what amounted to about a 25 cent an hour raise.

Mrs. Brand says she understands the economic challenges people face today, yet she voted against helping this small group of women who basically work for a very small salary in order for their families to have some type of health benefits. Keeping in mind these ladies could have signed up to unionize which would have ended up costing Fairfield’s school district a whole lot more than what the seven other board members voted to approve.

While I understand wanting to be fiscally conservative, voting against this very small raise for the lowest paid workers in the Fairfield school system is just mean and wrong. This is not the “Brand of leadership” I want for Fairfield!

Kristen Lashar


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