There are several matters coming up for which you may want to contact your union representatives. The one that is most directly relevant to this blog is the potential appointment of Ben Carson, a young-Earth creationist, to the position of Secretary of Education. This is sort of like putting a rabbi in charge of your mosque, or hiring a soccer player to coach American football. There are so many better choices.
Call. Do not e-mail, do not use the contact form. Call. Write a letter if you must. Go to your local union, but call the national as well. Call even if you are not a member.
National Education Association – 2.9 million members
Education International affiliated
Lily Eskelsen García, president
National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-3290
American Federation of Teachers – 1.6 million members
Randi Weingarten, president
American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO
555 New Jersey Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
You can also contact the education union for your particular state (or even city in some cases).
Graduate students: contact your local union rep. They will no doubt be eager to speak with you, as most graduate students are less than active in their unions.