In Wednesday’s editorial, the CDT wrote, “And while we would hope that all workers might see their benefits remain steady, even improve, we know that many organizations — private and public — have been forced to make difficult decisions in recent years. Universities have historically been isolated from those realities, but no more.”
This statements implies that the loss of wages and benefits is inevitable and that it is evenly distributed across university employees.
There is nothing inevitable about the decision to slash wages and benefits by privatizing early-childhood education at Penn State.
This is a calculated choice that reveals the paltry value accorded to children and teachers.
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Moreover, this decision seeks to balance the university budget on the backs of those who can least afford it — in this case, teachers who already are underpaid, despite the immeasurable service they provide.
Instead of joining the race to the bottom, Penn State can become a leader in providing equitable pay and benefits for those who educate our youngest community members.
With all of the talented development officers at Penn State, surely we could raise the money to ensure that teachers at our child care centers can provide for themselves and their families.