Organized Labor Benefits All Workers

September 1, 2017

Unions are the most effective way for workers to come together and counter the influence big money and big corporations have on our democracy. By forming strong unions, workers are able to negotiate wages and benefits that support their families and better working conditions, like safe and secure schools or smaller class sizes that help students succeed. We use our collective voice to advocate for policies that benefit all working people – like increases to the minimum wage, affordable health care, and great public schools for students – and to elect politicians who will stand up for working people.

Joining the Oklahoma Education Association is critically important because it gives educators-teachers, education support employees, administrators, students and retired-- a voice that allows them to advocate to ensure every child has the opportunity to receive a public education that inspires natural curiosity and a desire to learn. Educators negotiate to keep class sizes down so children have more one-on-one attention. We negotiate so that our students spend more time on learning and less on testing, and so that our students can have modern tools to learn.

So, as you celebrate this Labor Day, take time to thank those organizations that fight for the opportunity for our children to learn, that fight for workers to have a chance to earn a decent living, that fight for working folks to have time off to care for their families, and that fight for working people to have the ability to retire with dignity.

I am Alicia Priest, I am a teacher. We are the Oklahoma Education Association and together, we are stronger!


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