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Jordan Sillito, Paraeducator

I used to think unions had outlived their usefulness. Now I know better.

I’m an educator in a school where I help kids who are learning English succeed in school. My work requires a lot of training. After finishing a course a couple years ago, I was shocked when I wasn’t paid for the training. So I sought help from my fellow union members.  

We figured out that everyone had been cheated out of training pay. Because we stuck together in our union, we won back pay – going back three years.

It took all of us – white, Black, and brown – standing together to make things right. That’s what being in a union is all about. Together we rise.

Jordan Sillito
Proud SEIU Member
Benton City, Washington