Rob Atwood

Rob Atwood: P/E and Health Teacher, Baldwin Community Schools Years in education: 8 Type of non-union experience: charter school – 5 years; virtual charter school – 2.5 years What was it like working in a school without a union? In my traditional and virtual school teaching experience, the employees did not have a say on…

Katie Condon

Katie Condon: 5th-grade Teacher, Saginaw Public School District Years in education: 5 Type of non-union experience: Three years at a charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? When I first started working at the charter school, it wasn’t that bad. I had the assumption that I was going to…

Michael Adams

Michael Adams: 3rd-grade Teacher, Holt Public Schools Years in education: 6 Type of non-union experience: Michigan charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? It was the worst! Working without a union left me feeling like I had no voice to advocate for students or myself. Teachers were in constant…

Bill Boerman

Bill Boerman: STEM Teacher/K-7, Holland Public Schools Years in education:  22 Type of non-union experience: 7½ years at charter schools in Michigan; 10 years in public schools in Colorado that had no collective bargaining rights What was it like working in a school without a union? There were many added pressures working in a non-union environment that…

Amy Lawrence

Amy Lawrence: 7th-grade Math Teacher, Schoolcraft Community Schools     Years in education: 9 Type of non-union experience: charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? At the school I worked at, we were often required to go to a week of additional PD/training in the summer, as well as attend 5-7…

Shannon Ager

Shannon Ager: Kindergarten Teacher, Novi Community Schools Years in education: 6 Type of non-union experience: Two charter schools What was it like working in a school without a union? It was often frustrating working in a school without a union.  Teachers were not always treated in the best manner, particularly in terms of our working conditions.  I…

Michael Adamisin

Michael Adamisin: 9th-grade Science Teacher, OPEA President, Oak Park Schools Years in Education: 6 Type of non-union experience: One year at a Detroit-area charter school What was it like working in a school without a union? In a word… unnerving. The year I was there saw >50% staff turnover from the previous year, all replaced…

Aesha Baldwin

Aesha Baldwin: Field Services Consultant, MEA Type of non-union experience: state without collective bargaining rights (GA) What was it like working in a state with no collective bargaining? It was hard, but at that time, it was all I knew. I thought all middle school teachers ate with their kids every day.  I thought having…

Local Blitzes Build Strength

Whether it’s at the bargaining table or the halls of the Capitol in Lansing, MEA’s power resides in the unity of our members – and association leaders from across Michigan are joining up with MEA staff to build capacity in our largest units. Membership blitzes have been held in Grand Rapids, Utica, Flint, and Pontiac,…