The story of our union is one of educators coming together to make a difference. As educators in ACT public schools and at the Canberra Institute of Technology, we have taken action time and again to ensure we are fairly rewarded for the great work we do. We have also consistently advanced the cause of public education in our community. After all, teachers’ working conditions are students’ learning conditions. Because of our action, class sizes are smaller, meaning students enjoy better learning environments and more individual attention. By speaking with one united voice about the value of education, we have won the kind of investment in our schools that our students deserve. As a professional community, we have taken initiative to ensure we continue delivering the best for our students and are held in high esteem in our community. From professional development to a professional code, we as educators have been at the forefront of driving positive change. We have also played a crucial part in winning conditions that give everybody, no matter their background, the chance to have a rewarding and fulfilling working life. Our efforts, together with those of union members around the country, won paid parental leave. Our action in the past, means educators today can work part-time in a permanent position. Our activism has helped eliminate sexism in educational settings. As educators, we make a difference every day to the lives of the young people in our classes. Our activity as unionists over many decades has ensured that we have the resources, conditions and recognition we need to do the best job we can.