Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic: ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 Members Go Above and Beyond

While the school year looks different in 2020 with many schools closed to in-person instruction, ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 members are still on the front lines providing essential services to kids and families in Prince George’s County. Among the many Local 2250 members who have gone above and beyond this year, the food service workers continue to ensure that students in the county receive meals that they and their families depend on.

Despite the danger to themselves and their families, members continue to come in every day. Some members of ACE-AFSCME Local 2250’s food service chapter spoke with local new stations Fox 5 DC about the situation in Prince George’s County schools this fall (full article and video interview located here.)

The situation at the school continues to be stressful, as one of the workers from ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 said "you don't know whose coming in contact with who, I don't want to catch COVID, I'm sure no one wants to catch COVID."

Unfortunately, even though these workers are providing essential services to the county and our students the state continues to withhold emergency funding to the school district. 

"Local 2250 is very appreciative to the CEO Monica Goldson and her office for making the decision to continue the keep all employees on payroll," said Martin Diggs, President of ACE-AFSCME Local 2250.  "As we move forward into the school year there are many unknown issues that may arise. I am confident that with a collaborative effort we will come to many agreements. As we move forward I want to make sure that all possible safety measures are taken, not just from COVID-19. Local 2250 wants to keep our students, parents, and support staff safe under any situation. 

It’s no secret that we are living in unprecedented times, and while our communities are hit hard by the pandemic, the long-term effects of the crisis are already being felt. This is why it is vital to support our front-line workers like members of ACE-AFSCME Local 2250 who go above and beyond to ensure that students and their families are supported and receive essential services.