I am a candidate for this office because I want to become more involved with the PTL Union. Last year I received a PTL Professional Development award. This award helped me defray the costs of research and conference activity (I went to the College Art Association annual conference in Los Angeles) as well as professional development (I am working towards a Certificate in Online Teaching from RU Continuing Studies). I have long been interested in officially joining and becoming more involved in the union but I took it for granted. Especially as a telecommuter (I teach online for Rutgers and live in Philadelphia) my relationship to Rutgers was disembodied. However now that I have been teaching online for Rutgers for 5 years I want to become more involved. I believe PTL should have pay equity and earn raises. I believe they should have access to health care. Especially after the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding union dues I feel energized to step up. I officially joined the union the day I heard about the ruling and I am committed to becoming more involved!