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We asked California educators on Instagram: Why are you a CTA member?

Here are some of their responses.

1. Together we are stronger!

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2. Because we stand in the frontlines of protecting and advocating for our students, fellow educators and public education.

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3. Because I believe in the power of unions to make a strong middle class, and to fight for our students.

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4. Not being a member is just too risky!

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5. Unity with colleagues, liability insurance coverage and legal representation, to name a few!

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6. Because our students deserve the best. Supporting my union is supporting our public schools.

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7. Unionism has been ingrained in me since birth. I also believe in working together for success!

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8. Because everyone needs a voice!

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9. Because together we are stronger than apart.

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Why are you a CTA member? Let us know in the comments, tweet us or e-mail