As a member of The United Faculty of Evergreen, I support the Tacoma Education Association in its strike for justice for Tacoma teachers and their students. Many Evergreen students on both the Tacoma and Olympia campuses come out of Tacoma schools, and everyone in the state benefits from the quality education they receive.
From my 20-plus years at the college, I know that good learning conditions for students are inextricably linked to good working conditions for teachers.
I am proud of the many Tacoma students who have stood with their teachers, and in the past week have gained new lessons in how united communities can bring about lasting social change. As working people are we should not stand by as our public institutions are privatized and union bargaining powers attacked.
Tacoma is drawing the line, and Tacoma teachers are providing their students and community a powerful lesson in democracy. The state, the country and the world are watching.