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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Labor Voices: New education officers listen to experts

September 20, 2017 By PAULA HERBART/President – Michigan Education Association In this fast-paced, information overloaded society, individuals are longing to be heard. Educators are especially eager to share their thoughts, their hopes and their frustrations. That’s why my first order of business as MEA’s new president was to embark on a “listening tour” so I…

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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…

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