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Member joins AFT recruitment effort in Arizona

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UNION EDUCATION – PEF member Danielle Freeman assembles packets of information about the benefits of American Federation of Teachers membership to distribute to teachers and school employees in Arizona. She visited with staff in the school districts in Tucson, Litchfield, Pendergast and Tolleson. — Photo by Connie Cordovilla

In mid-August, Danielle Freeman volunteered to help PEF’s parent union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), educate school employees in Arizona about the advantages and benefits of AFT union membership.

Freeman, a program analyst 2 and the administrator of the aid for part-time study and teacher loan forgiveness programs at Higher Education Services Corporation, described the opportunity as an awesome and eye-opening experience, one that every PEF member should consider volunteering.

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“The knowledge I gained by meeting and networking with other members was amazing. It gave me the opportunity to compare our union with those in another state.”

Freeman teamed up with Connie Cordovilla, an AFT retiree from Falls Church, VA., and they visited more than 30 schools within several school districts. They met with teachers, paraprofessionals, maintenance workers and bus drivers, explaining the value of being represented by AFT.

“We heard about other unions, such as the Arizona School Administrators (ASA), and discussed the advantages of AFT membership. Every individual received a packet of information. Some of the teachers mentioned their involvement with the “Red for Ed” strike, and they seemed enthusiastic about becoming AFT union members.

“They have no one fighting on the front line for them. They are starting to understand why coming together in a good union can create better wages and better treatment.

“I had a chance to look through a different lens. As PEF members, we should realize how good we have it. Together We Win!”

— Deborah A. Miles

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