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Public Employees: How has collective bargaining improved your workplace and work life?

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Without collective bargaining I would still be working through my lunch. I wouldn't be paid for the months of July and August. I wouldn't have a preparation period. I would have to accept yard duty, lunch duty and hallway duty. But most importantly, I wouldn't have any avenue of redress against charges or allegations against me by my principal. I would, in other words, be nothing more then an indentured servant with no recourse or rights of my own.

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Neil Friedman
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Brooklyn, NY

My work life improved immensely when we started the Wisconsin Professional Employees Council in the early '90's. I started receiving pay for being on call, received comp time for all of the extra hours I worked and also received back pay for overtime I was forced to perform the previous year. Today I have 40 hours of professional improvement time per year that I can use for almost any course I'd like to take in order to broaden my career or well-being.

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Debra Hazeltine
WPEC Local 4848
MCFARLAND, WI

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