If we are serious about every child’s future, let’s get serious about doing what works. Giving educators the right to negotiate their contracts works for our students.
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“Knowing that all parties—administrators, school board members, teachers, and educational support professionals—can come together to advocate for the best interests of students is incredibly democratic. When this conversation begins, it blossoms into seeing how everyone’s interests align. From this point on, building a contract based on shared values seems like the most logical thing to do to make schools welcoming, innovative, and filled with possibilities for our students. We’re all in this together.”
“I believe that in solidarity with each other, our students, their parents and our community we can organize to create the schools we know our students are owed through the contract negotiations process. All too often, we hear about the need for ‘teacher voice’ but ultimately, in Virginia, the conversation stopped there and there was no real mechanism for us to have a real say in the conditions in our buildings. Now with the renewed possibility of collective bargaining, we are able to not only make our voices heard, but we have the means to establish our working conditions and our students’ learning conditions at the bargaining table.”
“There was a time when I was left without choice to cover classes, many times alone and without pay as a substitute teacher. When I voiced my concerns, I became a target of degradation and chastising in front of my co-workers. I had allowed that treatment for as long as I could before I found the courage to take action! If I had been a part of contract negotiations at that time, things would have been very different. I believe it would have prevented me from working without correct pay and would have stopped me from retaliation for speaking up about it.”
“When educators have a seat at the table, we are stakeholders in the educational process of our students. We can help shape policy and procedures that benefit and protect everyone.”