Pierre Solon

Occupation: 
Owner

I am Pierre U. Solon, the director and owner of Little Wonders Child Care in Boston. I have been in the field of early childhood for almost 15 years. I speak French Creole and Spanish. The MECEU is a campaign to respond to the needs of educators by bringing in more resources, respect, and decision-making to those in the field. The campaign is an organization of directors, owners, teachers, and assistant teachers formed to bring power by negotiating with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is forming a non-traditional, statewide workforce or union. This union is unique because it's not about pitting teachers against administrators. It's about all of us working as one to bring more educational resources such as professional development, access to college, salaries and benefits as well as a voice in policy.

I became involved because I want to help my staff better themselves through education and professional development. I want them to be better paid so that they will stay in the field. I have a problem keeping staff because of the low pay and benefits. Being in a union will help my small business to provide the salaries and education that they need in order to stay working for me. Funding is very tight for me; with the rise in taxes and the requirements for teachers to get certified, I cannot afford to pay them more. They cannot afford-- with the salaries they make-- to go to school and take care of their families at the same time. Many are single parents, and it's even more difficult for them.

I have also joined the Organizing Committee for the MECEU campaign. I was inspired by a former director who was a leader and an advocate in this field. Because of her hard work, I want to be a part of the leadership of this movement. I hope that other educators will get involved in this movement like I did. This is one of the great ways to be a leader: by getting involved in this campaign and helping your community out.

If you would like to contact me, or if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 617-232-3994.