As a teacher, I believe being a part of a union is more important now than it ever was. There is a misconception that unions are clubs or protest groups, but I don’t see it that way. To me, being a part of a union offers a type of protection for my hard earned dollars. With COVID and classroom conditions constantly changing, I like putting my money somewhere where I know it is safe. It’s also comforting to be able to put extra funds towards my retirement. Being a part of a union has so many different benefits, but peace of mind for my finances and future are most beneficial of them all.