I know that my current rights are a result of years of union labor and organization, and respect those that are able to contribute and be a part of such a collective. Minimum wage, paid leave, and employee healthcare are all examples of union-won rights that many people, including myself, have benefited from. While private employers sometimes threaten retaliation against union activity and collective bargaining, organizing allows employees to have a voice across all fields of work. For example, my high school public school district, through teacher unionization, was able to make their voices heard and advocate for a safer, virtual start to the school year. Now more than ever, we can see the direct impact and importance of such an organization.
Celebrating Union Achievements
Zola, a neuroscientist in Wisconsin, is celebrating how much unions have achieved for workers over the course of history, and especially how crucial they have become to the safety and security of teachers as the coronavirus continues to affect education practices across the country.