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…

Why I Pay My Dues

Brian Milliron: AP US History teacher, South Haven High School Let me tell you why I pay my union dues – because I’ve lived the future that Betsy DeVos envisions for our children and the school employees who educate and care for kids. I worked at for-profit charter schools during my first nine years teaching…

Annie’s Story: Special but not Unique

Annie Howard’s story is not unique – and that’s exactly why she wanted to tell it. Across Michigan every school year, MEA members help others cope with debilitating illnesses and accidents by donating sick days to those in need. In Howard’s case, Adrian Education Association members helped the 14-year veteran art teacher tend to a…