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Marisol Aguilar, Special Education Assistant

I knew ever since I was in 6th grade that I wanted to be an educator. Now I work as a Special Education Assistant helping kids with special needs learn the curriculum in a way that works for them. The most rewarding thing is knowing that my students accomplished something, and that I helped plant the seed that allowed them to figure it out. I feel the same way about what I do as a union member--I love working for and with my coworkers to improve things.

Having a union gives me backbone when it matters. At one point, I was worried that I would be transferred out of my school, but because we have a union I felt confident enough to have a direct conversation with our administrator. I was able to stay in the school I love because I feel safe to advocate for what’s right for me, my coworkers, and the kids.

I don’t want a handout, and I know that to win anything you have to work hard and sometimes stand up to powerful people. I can do that because I have a union and know that my coworkers have my back.

Marisol Aguilar
Special Education Assistant
Proud SEIU Member
Los Angeles, CA