Why I Joined UFA

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Kelly Summers

My name is Kelly Summers and I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations. I came to higher education after working as a school psychologist and then a school administrator in the K-12 public school system. Having spent about 10 years in the K-12 public schools as both a union member and as an administrator entrusted with upholding a strong collective bargaining agreement, I learned the value of union protections. As a union member I knew what my rights were as an educator. As an administrator, I valued a strong collective bargaining agreement because it meant that our faculty and staff were well-paid and treated fairly, which ultimately contributes to job satisfaction. In what other public sector teaching job does faculty receive a raise only once or twice every decade? It's time for a fair contract now.