Kellie has worked as a nurse for four and a half years. She’s also studying to get her masters degree in nursing education at Bethel University, thanks to a scholarship she received through her union.
In Kellie’s view, the primary goal of all nurses is to protect their patients from harm. When she works at the hospital, Kellie focuses on helping patients back to health so they can return to their families and careers.
Maureen is a 911 dispatch supervisor for the city of Minneapolis and a member of Teamsters Local 320. Every day, she assists Minnesotans in crisis over the phone. What keeps her coming back to her job is the chance to help people.
As a union member, she feels a sense of solidarity with other medical workers that she never felt in prior jobs. Most importantly, Maureen is secure knowing that her sons, 14-year-old Damien and 3-year-old Miles, are taken care of thanks to her union benefits. At work, Maureen feels able to focus on the people in crisis on the other end of the line. Being part of a union gives her the support she needs to deal with life’s unexpected challenges–on the job and off.