Public education is under assault from those who would privatize our schools, colleges and universities and put an end to unions. Each day, we face a growing threat. We see it in different ways — the hyper-accountability of high-stakes testing and performance-based measurements, the push for charter schools, the tsunami of regulations taking the joy and creativity out of our preK-to-12 classrooms, and the myth of austerity.
More than ever, the collective voice of public educators needs to be heard. Our strength must be used to promote and protect the ideals that are vital to helping students learn and succeed — the ideals that are vital to preserving public education, unions and democracy.
Stronger Together: An Organizing Plan to Build Union Power for the Schools and Colleges Our Communities Deserve
Imagine what can be accomplished with members speaking to each other and acting together in our buildings and districts.
- Workplace autonomy and respect: Work in schools where educators have autonomy and respect — and where their voices are a significant part of professional decisions.
- Strong contracts: Negotiate the most favorable terms and ensure compliance.
- The public trust: Be recognized in the community as the voice of education and form strong partnerships with parents, student organizations and others.
- Local support and advocacy: See educators’ concerns properly addressed and acted on by school committees, city councils, boards of selectmen and town meetings.
- Statewide power: Lead the movement to reclaim our schools by ending the high-stakes use of testing, keeping the cap on charter schools, increasing state funding for public schools and colleges, and preventing unfair evaluation systems and performance-based funding.
- Election victories: Hold our elected officials accountable and elect local, state and national candidates who truly support public education.
- Equity for all: Advocate for fair wages and working conditions for all educators, including education support professionals and adjunct faculty members.
About Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association