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is currently a policy and research intern with Fordham’s Columbus team.
He is working on his master’s degree in education at Antioch
University, after recently earning a bachelor’s in economics from The
Ohio State University. In pursuit of his master’s degree, he has begun
student teaching and will be entering the field as a full-time
professional in 2012.
I still remember when I was 13 years old and began my first job
bailing hay for a local farmer. I remember the heat, the dirt and the
sweat that went into that job; it was hard work–for some of us. As much
as I remember the difficulties of that job, I remember some of my older
co-workers that had been working for this farmer for a couple of
summers sitting down watching a few of us younger kids do most of the
work. To this day I remember the frustration I felt when I found that
not only were some of them getting paid as much as me, but many were
getting paid more simply because they had been there longer.
A week after Issue 2
was voted down, I’ve had some time to ponder the reasons why I
supported it in the first place, and they still hold true. Here are my
So what ever happened to that frustrated young man bailing hay?
Since I was not yet part of a union, I was able to take my grievance
to the farmer who employed me. I received my first raise, and for some
odd reason the next day several of the older boys began to work much
harder. We even began to brainstorm on ways to improve our efficiency
and began to work well as a team. It was a small victory in my life,
but a powerful lesson. At that time, I never would have expected to be
facing the very same frustrating circumstances over a decade later.