A Union Primer Did you join the union when you were hired by your school district? Do you know the phone number of your union or at least where to find it? Do you know if collective bargaining is even an option in your state? Does your speech-language pathology staff have a union ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2001
A Union Primer
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  • Nina Esposito-Visgitis
    Pittsburgh Board of Education
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Article   |   April 01, 2001
A Union Primer
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2001, Vol. 2, 4-5. doi:10.1044/sbi2.1.4
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2001, Vol. 2, 4-5. doi:10.1044/sbi2.1.4
Did you join the union when you were hired by your school district? Do you know the phone number of your union or at least where to find it? Do you know if collective bargaining is even an option in your state? Does your speech-language pathology staff have a union representative or a group of them available to field your professional or contractual concerns or to advise you in the case of a particularly troublesome administrator?
As a speech-language specialist for the Pittsburgh Public Schools for 20 years and a union activist for nearly that long, I am concerned for my colleagues who answer no to any or all of the above questions. I am concerned, since far too many of us feel too different or, sadly, too removed from classroom teachers to associate our profession with their causes or their unions. It doesn’t need to be that way and it certainly should not be. Let me tell you the story of our staff to illustrate how far an effective union and a few interested individuals willing to ask some questions and to search for some answers can improve working conditions for speech-language pathologists working in the school setting.
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