My name is Stephanie and I’m a child care attendant in Ohio. I wake each day before the sun comes up to help children with special needs ride the bus to school.
I’ve been doing my job for 25 years and I do it because I care about my community. I’m not alone. Across the country, millions of public service workers like me — teachers, corrections officers, nurses — are keeping our communities safe, healthy, and running smoothly each day.
But corporate CEOs and wealthy special interests who manipulate the economic rules in their favor are trying to make it even harder for working people like us to come together, speak up, and get ahead.
They’ve pushed a case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, called Friedrichs v California Teachers Association, that could make it harder for us to serve our communities.
This week I traveled to Washington, DC, with workers from across the country to deliver an important message to the group backing the case that could silence workers’ voices.
We delivered a petition signed by more than 100,000 people nationwide to the Center for Individual Rights, the group behind the case. Our message in that petition: Enough is enough! Stop the attacks on working people.
I made a short video explaining what this is all about: We don’t want our voices silenced. We’re not giving up on the communities we serve. Please take a look.
I’m concerned about what would happen if the special interests have their way in Friedrichs. I’m afraid of losing my voice on the job. I’m worried about the consequences for our communities, the students we serve, and our families. But I’ll never quit. And neither should you.