Archive for May, 2012

Do you love ABE? What do you want to change?

Friday, May 18th, 2012

As try to build a movement to work together to improve the conditions in adult education, we’d like to know YOUR story.

One Boston teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous, shared her story* with us:

“I have been in the field for 6 years. I work 3 part-time jobs (totaling 32 hours/week; 18 teaching hours) to earn $27,000. My pay ranges from $18/hour (with 1:2 prep time) to $30/hour (with 1:6 prep time). I get paid sick time at my one unionized job, but nowhere do I get any vacation time or health benefits. I get no pay for school vacations or when programs are closed.

… I end up using my home as my office. Then I schlep my materials around from job to job.

…The straw that breaks the camel’s back is the increased workload – DOE requirements for more recordkeeping, lesson plans, etc. This all comes out of my prep time, which really means I don’t get paid for it. I had to fight to get some of this documentation time compensated.

…The long and short of it is that I’m being forced out of the field because I don’t make a living wage. …I love my work, but I just can’t afford it.”

Tell us your story.

Leave a comment at the end of this post.

  • Why do you do this work?
  • What would you like to change?
  • If we had a union, what would it look like when we’ve won?


Are you willing to be part of bringing about that change?

There are many ways to participate!

  • Come to an organizing meeting (next meeting: Friday, 5/25 in Jamaica Plain- see below for details)
  • Hold a meeting in your area
  • Talk to people you know in the field
  • Get on our mailing list

Next Organizing Committee Meeting

Friday, May 25th, 10 a.m.
Jamaica Plain Branch Library (in the basement)
12 Sedgewick St., Boston, 02130

Contact Jana Pickard-Richardson ( with questions or RSVPs.


Non-Traditional Union News

As we continue to talk to our colleagues about organizing the field of Adult Basic Education, there is some welcome good news coming out of other states where workers are organizing non-traditional unions.  Read about the recent win for the Missouri Home Care Workers.


*Read the teacher’s full story here.