We are social justice educators and unionists committed to creating schools and workplaces that advance economic justice, racial justice, and democracy. We call for equitable public education as a human right. We assert that the workplace rights of educators are an essential element of public education and that the well-being of communities in which our children live is as much a part of our mission as the work we do in our schools.
To that end, we join under these core principles:
- Public schools should be sites of creativity, imagination, and critical questioning in which students, educators, and parents work together to create meaningful learning experiences.
- Every student deserves an education grounded in trust, respect for diversity and opportunities for joyful engagement in the world.
- Workplace justice and education justice are both vitally important and inexorably linked.
- Every educator deserves autonomy, respect, trust, economic security, and the time and resources to develop and enact a rich and varied curriculum.
- Our work requires and flourishes within democratic workspaces in which all workers are economically secure, their knowledge and expertise is respected, and all voices are heard.
- Our work as union members includes advocating and organizing for the above at the bargaining table, in our schools, and in our communities.
- We strive for member-driven unions at the local, state, and national levels.
- Our work as unionists extends beyond the classroom to include advocacy for economic and racial justice within our communities.
- We call for equitable and adequate funding for public schools. Without this our words cannot become reality.
- We commit ourselves to the struggle to defend public education against the multitude of attacks it is facing.
- We seek to use our unions as vehicles to build racial and social justice.