I am a teacher in the wonderful city of Chicago. I am also a member of one of the largest teacher unions in the country. Being a part of the teachers union is important to me on so many levels. A friend of mine also got a job in the same city. I teach for public schools. She teaches for charter schools. She gets paid 10,000 less than what I started with and she’s also expected to work an additional hour a day. We both have the same jobs. Why does she get paid less and have to work more? Because I am in a union. The power of the union helps fight for my working wages. It’s not always easy being in a union, but together we are stronger.