Long Beach SRPs ‘have only just begun’

School-related professionals deserve to be recognized for the myriad ways they make a difference for students and for communities.

But the Long Beach school board doesn’t seem to get that.

Joanne Rea, vice president of the Long Beach Schools Employees Association, sent us this photo of LBSEA members who came together last week for an informational picket to let the public know they have been working under the terms of an expired agreement for the past four years.

Long Island SRPs

“Not only have we not seen an increase in our salaries for four years, most employees have had their hours cut from 19 1/2 to 17 1/2 hours per week,” Rea said.

If that wasn’t bad enough, top administrators have received a total of 8 percent increases over the last four years, and the school board even gave its law firm a 2 percent increase, Rea wrote.

“We have only just begun. We will continue to BE BOLD, BE STRONG, BE COURAGEOUS and above all BE UNITED. We MAKE A DIFFERENCE EVERYDAY in a child’s life,” Rea said. “FOUR YEARS IS JUST TOO LONG!”


  1. Steve Freeman November 5, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    You go girl!

  2. Val Buscemi November 6, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    We are vital to the education, safety & well-being of the children. LBSEA has united SRP’s from every faction of our membership. We deserve to be treated fairly and it’s important that our neighbors be made aware of the dedicated workforce they have in Long Beach School District’s SRP’s.

  3. Bill Snow November 6, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Great job Jo!!!

  4. Heather Puckhaber November 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    You are some of the hardest working people who strive to provide all children an outstanding education! Those of us who work along side you know how necessary and important you are! Keep fighting the good fight!

  5. Iris Resnick November 6, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Our teaching assistants give their all to our students! The effort and energy they impart to the job can’t be measured! The well being and academic success of our students depends, in great part, on their hard work.

  6. Joanne Rea November 7, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    We will be rallying all members once again in the coming weeks.Details will be announced shortly. Please “LIKE ” LBSEA on Facebook and visit LBSEA.ORG. Thanks to all for your continued support of our membership. In Solidarity, Joanne Rea-LBSEA.

  7. Aileen November 7, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    Thank you Joanne. You are our voice!! I love my job as a teaching assistant. I love being an SRP!

  8. Jackie November 7, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Joanne you are doing a great job! I hope all the members of the LBSEA appreciate all the work you are doing for them. I knew you would be a great vice president.

    • Joanne Rea November 7, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      @ Jacke,Thank you my friend, I learned from the best!

  9. Lloyd November 7, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    Keep fighting, Jo!

  10. Kenny November 7, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    Thank you Joanne! We are very fortunate to have you on our side as well as shedding a bright light on things others would rather keep in the dark!

  11. Noway Jose November 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    I heard the district is about to send a group of administrators on an all-expense paid junket to New Orleans.

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