The Douglas County School Board knows that teachers and staff are circulating petitions to ask for collective bargaining. They also know that this grassroots efforts has gathered thousands of signatures. Although not one signature has been turned in, the power of organizing–the simple act of educators talking to each other about collective bargaining–is resulting in some interesting changes from the board agenda this week.
For example, classified employees will now get up to three paid snow days. Now some may say this is a coincidence; but this issue has been just one of the numerous talking points petition leaders have been using when explaining to classified employees the benefits collective bargaining can bring.
Imagine what teachers and staff can accomplish when we actually have a voice–when we all come together and have the respect we deserve.