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Home > News > 2016 > May > Members chalk up 25 years

Members chalk up 25 years

25_Years.pngEvery year in May our union takes the opportunity to recognise a significant part of our membership: those who have been members for 25 years.

This year, we mark the occasion on Wednesday, 25 May.

In reaching this significant milestone, these members have made an immeasurable contribution to the prosperity of our union and continue to ensure our union is a strong voice for employees in our sector.

Paul Baker, History and the Humanities Curriculum Development Leader at St Teresa's Catholic College on the Sunshine Coast has worked in the profession in a number of sectors over the past 30 years.

In 2016, Paul chalks up 25 years of continued membership with our union. "Raised in a politically aware household, unionism is natural to me," Paul said.

"As teacher of history, the value and importance of unionism is obvious to me. I’ve never not been in a union. Teaching is both professional AND Industrial; they cannot be separated.

"All educators need to internalise the fact that unorganised labour will be exploited unless there is unity under the banner of unionism; it is a truism that history has taught us," Paul said.

Julie Timms is Director at Nanango & District Kindergarten and has worked in the education sector since 1978. This year, she marks 25 years of membership with our union.

Julie said reaching the 25 year mark has been a highlight among her experiences of union membership. "To be able to stay with the same union for this long is due to the consistency of my workplace and how our union has been able to improve working conditions for our sector," she said.

Members recognised with 25 years of membership receive a commemorative badge and certificate honouring their commitment and loyalty. Members are also honoured in Chapter morning teas to celebrate their contribution to our union. 

Click here to read more about the 25 year member celebrations.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.