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Don’t let lawmakers silence you: Tell them to stop messing with your paycheck!

Some state politicians in Austin want to take away the freedom of teachers, school support personnel, and nearly all state and local public employees to make voluntary payments from their earnings, via safe and secure payroll dues deduction, to the employee organizations of their choice. The bill, SB 1968 by Sen. Joan Huffman, now awaits possible action in a House committee.

Sign the Petition to Tell the Legislature “Hands Off My Paycheck, Oppose SB 1968!”

The Facts on SB 893/HB 2543

Updated: April 16, 2015 Related page: STAAR is Not the Measure of Good Teaching, and You’re Worth More than $27,540! Note: SB 893 has passed the Senate and has yet to be considered in the House. The House companion bill, HB 2543, has been heard in committee but not yet acted upon. FACT: SB 893/HB 2543 […]

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The Houston 7: Ivan Castillo

This is the second in an ongoing series of profiles on the seven teachers in Houston ISD who are suing the district over the use of its Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS).

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Convention 2015

“Reclaiming the Promise” in San Antonio, June 12-14, 2015

Make plans now to attend the Texas AFT Convention Friday, June 12, through Sunday, June 14, 2015 at the Omni Colonnade in San Antonio.

From the Legislative Hotline

Message Getting Through? Anti-Employee Bill Goes Another Day with No Action as Deadlines Near

Your calls are still needed. Click here to call! The strong message of opposition to SB 1968—the bill to outlaw voluntary payroll deduction of most public employees’ organizational dues—seems to be getting through. There was no attempt to move the bill out of the House State Affairs Committee Friday, and one media outlet even reported that the bill “will likely die.” That is encouraging, but … [Read More...]

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As Witnesses Blast Anti-Employee Bill, Hearing Cut Short in Texas House with Dozens Yet to Testify—No Vote Taken

Still time to send your e-letter! SB 1968, the bill to ban voluntary payroll deduction of organization dues for nearly all public employees in Texas, ran into a serious obstacle at the state capitol on Thursday. That obstacle was a hearing room filled to overflowing with teachers, correctional officers, and other public employees ready and willing to oppose the bill with well-reasoned and … [Read More...]

A Bit of Good News in the Budget Agreement—Tuition Scholarships for Educational Aides

A partial budget agreement announced by state House and Senate negotiators Wednesday afternoon reflected misplaced priorities on the biggest items at issue, but there was one bright spot. First, the bad news:  The House appeared to accept the Senate’s position on formula aid for school districts, which was well short of the overall increase proposed by the House and may not even suffice to keep … [Read More...]

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Breaking news on fixing ESEA

By Randi Weingarten on April 22, 2015 This afternoon, Sens. Alexander and Murray—the chair and the ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions … [Read More...]

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Randi’s Corner

Read more from AFT's president at Randi's Corner.   "Across the country, AFT members are working with their communities to champion fairness, democracy, economic opportunity, and … [Read More...]