What about us?

Students protest stalled negotiations

Wright High School students
Several dozen students at Wright High School in the Upper Peninsula’s Ironwood school district recently wore T-shirts to express their view over contract talks between the local teachers union and school board. The front of the shirts read “What about US?” The backs read “87 percent,” a reference to the percentage of American workers who choose not to belong to unions. Photo provided by Ironwood Daily Globe

A group of students in Ironwood, Mich., expressed their displeasure over unsuccessful contract negotiations between the teachers union and their school board by wearing matching T-shirts to school recently. Several dozen students at Wright High School in the Upper Peninsula’s Ironwood wore the maroon shirts that said "What about US?" on the front and "87 percent" on the back. Student organizers said the "87 percent" was in reference to the percentage of American workers who choose not to belong to unions.