Teachers here have a voice. There they didn’t.
Eileen Rae Ethridge, Kent EA member, remembers what life was like in Colorado. There, she could choose if she wanted to be a union member or not.
“When other people spoke about the union, they said they were a bunch of trouble makers who just bargained the salary schedule,” says Eileen. “I was told nobody joined.”
As working conditions continued to decline, she witnessed “out-of-control class sizes” and mandatory Saturday meetings.
Eileen eventually sought out states she could teach and, also belong to a strong union.
“I landed in Washington state,” she says. “It was so different. Teachers here have a voice. There they didn’t. You don’t realize the power of collective voice until you have it. The WEA continues to help me become a better teacher.”