Labor Day Lesson: One in five U.S. teachers works a second job

Sep 3, 2018 by

 Lily Eskelsen García photoBy Lily Eskelsen García –

Colorful new notebooks, fresh fall outfits, the giddy excitement of the first day in first grade, or the bittersweet finale of rising seniors — for many families across America, Labor Day means one thing: the end of summer and the start of back-to-school season.

But we’ve all but forgotten that Labor Day is a celebration of battles fought and won: for weekends off, paid vacation and sick leave, even lunch breaks. We may take them for granted, but these victories of organized labor were society-shifting, and still vital to all of us.

I think it’s time for a Labor Day refresher lesson. And America’s educators are already giving it.

Even if you’ve been following the Red For Ed movement from the start — the grassroots activism our union members sparked in North Carolina, the powerful strikes and inspiring walkouts that spread from state to state — it bears laying out why educators are taking such a bold stand for the strong public schools our students deserve. Remember: these are the people who spend an average of nearly $500 out of their own pockets each year to stock their classrooms with the most basic necessities and the special touches that make a classroom a warm and welcoming environment for young minds. They don’t have a job, they have a calling. And they don’t take a day off lightly.

Which is exactly why they’re demanding change.

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