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"It's ugly out there. There are critics who are out to blame CTA and unions for everything they don't like about public schools. When pressed, they say, 'We love teachers. We just don't like their unions.' That's their talking point, and it's straight out of Michelle Rhee's playbook. Well ... let's show them there is no difference between teachers and their unions."


"Considering the great boost to pay and benefits that unions bring, it’s important that anyone who cares about the well-being of women workers also care about unions."


Organized Labor - Proud and Free

May is Labor History Month! Use the resources on this page to bring attention to - and celebrate - labor's rich and vital history.

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Feature Post: Thank a Union - 36 ways unions have improved your lifeDaily Kos

Labor Day - a creation of the Labor Movement - is a holiday intended to celebrate the toils of workers around the nation; a day to acknowledge the social and economic achievement of employees and employers.  It is, in fact, the workers who make and keep our economy strong.  Along with Labor Day, we now celebrate Labor History Month in May. 

As we honor our workers every day - and particularly those who hold our children's futures in their hands, our educators - we acknowledge it's time to strengthen our resolve and to reinvigorate the Union Movement. Working for a common goal - with everyone paying their fair share - can propel us into a bright and economically sound future for generations to come. 

What you can do:

 See our Tax Fairness area and how inequity in the tax system has been a detriment to our economy.
 Check our Budget section. See how the new 2015-16 budget will help us recover from prior cuts in K-12 education. 
 Read Unionism articles from the California Educator. These articles are intended to empower you and to move you to take action as a proud union member, also view Local Bargaining Updates.
 View CTA's History Timeline - see the progress made on behalf of educators over the past 150-plus years.

Labor History Resources

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