Sometimes One Voice Does Make A Difference: Utilizing Union Negotiations To Manage Caseload In the state of Rhode Island, speech-language pathologists employed by school systems are members of either the National Education Association (NEA) or the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). This means that we are part of the collective bargaining units of each of our respective school systems. Being part of a ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2000
Sometimes One Voice Does Make A Difference: Utilizing Union Negotiations To Manage Caseload
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  • Patricia Iafrate Bellini
    Central Falls School System, Central Falls, RI
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Article   |   October 01, 2000
Sometimes One Voice Does Make A Difference: Utilizing Union Negotiations To Manage Caseload
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2000, Vol. 1, 2-4. doi:10.1044/sbi1.1.2
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, October 2000, Vol. 1, 2-4. doi:10.1044/sbi1.1.2
In the state of Rhode Island, speech-language pathologists employed by school systems are members of either the National Education Association (NEA) or the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). This means that we are part of the collective bargaining units of each of our respective school systems. Being part of a union means being equal to each member of that union. Being on the same level with your colleagues is one of the most important considerations you need to remember when you are a union member. Whether you come from a medical background or hold a master’s degree, there are no distinctions. You are considered equal in the eyes of your contract. We, like the social workers and school psychologists, fall under the umbrella of teachers, even though we are not technically teachers. We are paid on the same scale as teachers and have all the benefits given them as well. This also means that, if teachers have bus duty or line duty, then speech-language pathologists can have bus duty or line duty. I feel it is a small price to pay for benefits my union has afforded me.
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