We are the most disrespected employees in America, and I am fed up with this fact. Does the teachers' union even know we exist? Do they care? The frustration is magnified for me because I am constantly reminded of the grossly unfair contrast between my friend's situation and my own. My friend works for the motion picture labor union. Not even a high school diploma is necessary to do the light and stress free unskilled labor these union members do for $27/ hr and full medical benefits. He has been unemployed for the last eight months since the industry has been slow. While unemployed, he is allowed to sit on his buttocks and do absolutely nothing. He merely collects his $475 per week, while keeping all his unioin health benefits. He is not required to look for work. He just waits for his turn to go back to work. He has no education. Compare his situation with ours. Most of us are required to have a four year degree plus certification, yet our situation is the exact opposite of my friend's situation. We get nothing; no health benefits, no vacation pay, no sick pay, and no holiday pay. If we can't make it to work one day, tough luck. We just lose a day's pay. And, because we are school employees, we are not even allowed to collect unemployment because we are "reasurred" of returning to work after each recess. Of course, we are really not reasurred of working, only of being on the district's call lists. Does anyone know of an e-mail address I can write to in order to bring our situation to light? Who will listen? I have already complained to the EDD office that is responsible for the uneployment benefits. Is there someone at the California Teachers Association who I can write to? I realize it will likely not do any good since I do not think anyone cares about us, but I still want to get my two cents in to anyone who might listen.