Winning Recognition for Our Skills and Education

“Now that we’ve organized our union, I feel we’re being heard and as workers we feel more like a cohesive group. We’ve also made some inroads expanding benefits available to our part time co-workers. The coolest thing about organizing is seeing the power in taking a stand, as individuals and especially as a group.”

Louise Miller
Activity Supervisory, Hopkins Kids and Company

In the West St. Paul Schools, we won changes so that staff who work as both school paraprofessionals and child care staff can combine hours across programs for better health insurance and other benefits. Supporting these staff members is a win for the students and the learning process. The real, human relationships I build with kids in a child care setting really help when I work with them academically.

Mark Krey
Special Ed Paraprofessional, West St. Paul School Age Care

Now I feel like I have a voice in the district’s decision regarding my benefits, wages and hours. As a union steward, I like to help get others engaged with the negotiation process.

Amanda Reineck
Bright Start Instructor, Wayzata Home Base

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