Unions more important than ever, new Pinellas teachers association boss says
Into the fray in Pinellas comes newly appointed Classroom Teachers Association executive director Marshall Ogletree, no newbie when it comes to organized labor. His message to the rank and file: Keep the faith.
"I think in tough economic times, unions are more important than they’ve ever been," Ogletree tells the Gradebook:
The union’s role is to solve problems, to work on the contractual rights that folks have – their salaries and working conditions. Without a union, would there be a 40-hour work week? Would there be child labor laws? A 30-year-old teacher might take for granted duty free lunches and planning periods. But the fact is, we worked long and hard to get those provisions in our contract. Teachers have walked picket lines to get those things into contracts. It’s important for folks to know there’s a rich heritage here at PCTA. Times are tough, but look at what PCTA has done and will continue to do in the future."
To learn more of Ogletree's views, visit the Gradebook at noon Saturday for a full interview.
- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter