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The only thing that would convince me to join a union was if I was deeply and strongly attacked in any way at work, and needed legal help bad. What about you?

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By then, joining a union is too late.

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The value comes when you're unfairly evaluated, been assaulted by students, falsely accused of actions, pay and benefits issues,etc. This doesn't mean you will always agree with everything that your Union does BUT protects you as an educator from arbitrary unfair actions and gives you recourse.

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So true

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My union supported me immensely when I was unfairly treated. The support was swift and unwavering, and thankfully, there was a positive outcome for all parties. Unions are the reason we have lunch periods, prep times, PD time, etc. It is kind of like having insurance, you hope you never need it but you’d never consider not having it.

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Your pay, benefits, working conditions and everything else in your teacher contract is there because of the union. Without a strong union your pay and quality of life while at work would be SO much worse! If you don’t want to join the union then go work somewhere that doesn’t have one. I’m not trying to offend anyone but It’s unfair to your colleagues for you to benefit when you are not a member. There is a misconception that the union is separate from the workers. You and all of your coworkers ARE the union. The union is in place to protect all workers, our wages and our profession. If you are unable to hold a position or volunteer at some level, then at least pay your dues! There are many benefits that you may not even be aware of. Check out the NEA website for member benefits. Some of the state level unions even offer free college classes to you and your family.

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Already in a union and I am so glad I am. There’s no way I WOULDN’T be in a union.

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I agree

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I have been member of OEA since I was a student working on teaching degree. I would not teach without my union.

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If it wasn't for our union, I don't know if I would've had a raise in the past 25 years, or kept a prep period. We need our union, and the more members, the stronger it is. :)

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AlwAys have been in a Union.

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During my first week of teaching, my co workers caught up with me and explained that it was in my best interest to join. No one pressured me to join a certain one, but they made it clear that it is essential. I agree with the above poster that said when you need the union, it is too late to join. It isn't worth the risk not to.

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I'm still trying to figure out the value to be honest

We have no clue here in Georgia, because this is a fire at will state....

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I love hearing all of the pro union stuff… i’ve been in union since I started teaching. But I would really love to hear specific reasons why people are anti-union.

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