About Franchesca Warren

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia, and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

picture courtesy of Salon

picture courtesy of Salon

4. There’s no need for unions in professional careers. Unfortunately working as a public school educator, there are times when teacher’s rights are completely disregarded in everything from  bargaining to developing teacher evaluations. Unions are able to help teachers bargain as a group and protect them from individuals who do not respect what teachers do in the classroom.  For example, I can distinctly remember our union helping represent teachers when they weren’t paid for after school activities or if the school district decided to unjustly add hours to a teacher’s work day. Through collective bargaining we witnessed our insurance premiums be reduced or stay the same rate after threats from our districts about raising our premiums.

Teachers need unions and unions need teachers! Now, tell us your experience with unions.



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