For Patricia Ginestri, being a union member meant the difference between isolation and support. For Cassandra St. Felix, it meant getting her job back. And for Gloria Winograd, it meant life-saving health benefits as she tackled Stage 4 cancer.
Read their stories and more.

"Without the union to fight for us, where would we be?"

If I didn’t have a union, I wouldn’t be working today...

"Throughout my long wait for a lung transplant and my continuing struggle with scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that forced me to retire, the UFT has given me nonstop care and support..."

"When I discovered the UFT contract opened new career possibilities for teachers without stepping out of the classroom, I was excited and jumped at the chance..."

"My health insurance through the union kept us from going bankrupt and losing everything..."

"I would not have the career I have now if it had not been for the intervention of the UFT. I had gotten a scholarship to become a teacher and then I got critically ill..."

"You can’t imagine what it’s like to walk into school every morning and know you are going to be attacked. To face harassment day after day is devastating..."

"I had a trial by fire as a new chapter leader, and the union was with me every step of the way..."

"As a new speech teacher, the connections I’ve made and the help I’ve received as a member of the UFT have made me feel more confident in what I’m doing..."