Local 562

Laura Johnson: AFSCME Family Scholarship Winner

Laura Johnson (l) and Maria Johnson.

Congratulations to Laura Johnson, who has been awarded a 2010 AFSCME Family Scholarship. 

Laura is the daughter of Maria Johnson, a paraprofessional at Chippens Hill School in Bristol and a proud member of AFSCME Local 2267.

Laura is one of 10 winners nationwide. She will receive $2,000 for each year of school up to four years. Laura's winning essay, "What AFSCME Has Meant to My Family," is posted in full below. But check out this excerpt:

As most people are aware...affordable health care and a pension are getting harder and harder to come by in today’s world, and without the new reforms and policies under the contract recently won by AFSCME and the acceptance with which my mother was hired, neither of them would be possible for my family. If AFSCME was not as strong and active a union as it is and didn’t assert itself in the matters that have won it the most advancements in providing for its workers, the lives of many people would be drastically changed for the worse, especially that of my family.

The Council 4 union family wishes Laura the best of luck as she pursues her education in the fall.


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