At my current job, I am now a member of the Non-profit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). If I’d known earlier in my career what I know now about the benefits of a union, I would have talked to my coworkers about our shared problems and organized one. But back then I still had the mentality that I would have to make sacrifices to do what I wanted to do. I thought that working in the field of non-profit advocacy meant that I shouldn’t expect fair pay, and should instead be grateful for the few benefits that I had. I was wrong.
By Katie Barrows