When I taught in Connecticut, I had to join the union. They negotiated our contracts and really helped make the work place a better environment to be in. Since moving to Georgia, the union is not a priority here. They do not negotiate contracts and we have a lot of "but it is for the kids" mentality. Which is what it is. At my school this year a teacher was put on a TEKS plan for poor lesson planning and lack of growth. Eventually she was asked to either resign or not be renewed. She ended up resigning. I kept asking her, where is your union rep? Isn't there suppose to be a person helping her understand what is happening to her? So now, I feel like I should, just to be safe, join a union. But what do they do? If they weren't there for her why would I waste my money? What would you do?