Public Employee Advocate
Making the Connection
When affiliates work with the community, the union benefits and so do those its members serve.
THE MESSAGE WAS CLEAR and simple, and Jennifer Palinko took it to heart: Unions and their members should work with the community and other allies to advocate for high-quality public services, the needs of those who depend on those services and the rights of those who provide them.
That was the mantra Palinko heard throughout the AFT’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Conference in Los Angeles in October. She returned to Anchorage, Alaska, energized and determined to organize a day of action for the Alaska Public Employees Association affiliate she heads up, the Anchorage Council of Education.
“I see it as an opportunity to bring out the community and talk to them about what our members do. It’s an opportunity for us to engage with the community,” Palinko says of the National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise planned for December.