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Both of my grandmothers worked as mill workers in a piecemeal garment factory in Pennsylvania. I grew up knowing the song "Look for the Union Label". You knew clothes with that label were made by Americans, IN America, and it was quality work.

Fast forward to my first teaching job back in 1979. I was debating about joining the union. I wasn't being paid a lot to begin with, was on a very tight budget, and the dues seemed like a lot at the time. Then I asked a veteran teacher for her opinion, and received one of the best lessons ever.

She had started teaching back when there were no unions. When she started teaching, she had a B.S. degree and a M. Ed degree and was a special ed teacher, and she wasn't even making minimum wage. The union fought for a minimum wage for teachers.

When she started teaching, female teachers could be dismissed if they got pregnant. They could also be dismissed if they didn't "fool around" with their principals. The union worked for t...See More
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Marietta O'Reilly On 6/09/11, Karen M. wrote: I too support unions as I support the need for reform in some unions. I will continue to communicate with my union leaders when I don't fully support a position that they support within our district. We need to stand together and be active in our unions if we want them to be truly representative of the membership. > B...See More
Jun 9, 2011
Amanda On 6/09/11, DeAnn wrote: > I donate my time as an officer in our local. Currently I am in > charge of membership. I never get so discouraged as when > fellow colleagues don't see the value in joining the > association/union. We are a right to work state so they feel > no pressure to join. One can point out all the benefits > recei...See More
Jun 9, 2011
Wendy On 6/09/11, Marietta O'Reilly wrote: > On 6/09/11, Karen M. wrote: > I too support unions as I support the need for reform in some > unions. I will continue to communicate with my union leaders > when I don't fully support a position that they support within > our district. We need to stand together and be active in our > unions i...See More
Jun 10, 2011
Aunty M - well said, Wendy. Thanks - nfm On 6/10/11, Wendy wrote: > On 6/09/11, Marietta O'Reilly wrote: >> On 6/09/11, Karen M. wrote: >> I too support unions as I support the need for reform in some >> unions. I will continue to communicate with my union leaders >> when I don't fully support a position that they support within >> our district. We need to...See More
Jun 10, 2011
Sally My union president says: United we bargain, divided we beg! That says it all.

On 6/10/11, Aunty M - well said, Wendy. Thanks - nfm wrote: > On 6/10/11, Wendy wrote: >> On 6/09/11, Marietta O'Reilly wrote: >>> On 6/09/11, Karen M. wrote: >>> I too support unions as I support the need for reform in some >>&g...See More
Nov 8, 2012


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