A Speech-Language Pathologist as a Union Negotiator How can speech–language pa-thologists can make themselves more marketable? What can they can do for themselves in the workplace to improve their working conditions? First, I believe that speech-language pa-thologists should know that they can negotiate any aspect of their working conditions. They can negotiate their caseloads, they can negotiate ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2001
A Speech-Language Pathologist as a Union Negotiator
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  • Nancy Dunton
    Samuel Kirk School, Palatine, IL
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Article   |   April 01, 2001
A Speech-Language Pathologist as a Union Negotiator
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2001, Vol. 2, 6-7. doi:10.1044/sbi2.1.6
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2001, Vol. 2, 6-7. doi:10.1044/sbi2.1.6
How can speech–language pa-thologists can make themselves more marketable? What can they can do for themselves in the workplace to improve their working conditions? First, I believe that speech-language pa-thologists should know that they can negotiate any aspect of their working conditions. They can negotiate their caseloads, they can negotiate their salary, they can negotiate classroom space and office space. Any aspect of working conditions can be negotiated.
What I most often hear from speech-language pathologists is, “Well, we’re such a small group that the larger group who negotiates (namely, the classroom teachers) don’t take our concerns into consideration at the negotiation table.” My response to that would be, “Then you need to get on the negotiation team.” Classroom teachers aren’t exclusively the only people on the negotiation team. Related service people can be on the team as well, and I feel that quite often we, as speech-language pathologists, tend not to voice our concerns, never mind volunteer our help at negotiation time. And then, we tend to complain when our needs are not met.
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