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Letter: Ezra Nanes Will Fight for Workers in Pennsylvania

on September 04, 2018 4:30 AM

It's been said that “teamwork makes the dream work”. As Labor Day arrives, I think back to my own experiences with a union and how much my career and my life were changed because of dedicated people willing to give their time and talent to make things better for all of us.

As a teacher for 37 years, I realized that those that came before me worked hard to fight for our rights and believed that a union was the way to achieve common goals for the benefit of students, professionals and support staff. I worked hard to uphold the standards that were set for us and to ensure that we were treated with equality and respect as public educators.

Unions have given us the Family and Medical Leave Act, fair wages, health benefits, sick days, emergency days, fair representation, due process and more. I was proud to belong to a union and to fight for what was best for our children and our schools. Labor Day is a day to reflect on how far we have come and to thank a union member.

In November we must elect candidates that share our ideals. Ezra Nanes, a candidate for state Senate, has placed public education and union rights as part of his platform. He has my vote because he is committed to fighting for us, I hope he has yours. Working together, we can achieve so much!

Jan Abelove Donahue

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