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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

Bill to Interfere with Voluntary Payroll Deduction, SB 1968, is Dead, but Vigilance is Still Required

Now it is official—SB 1968 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) is dead. The last House calendar for floor action this session on Senate bills has been set, and this ill-conceived bill to take away voluntary payroll deduction of dues from most public employees never made it to the House Calendars Committee for consideration.Vigilance is still in order against any possible attempt to amend this bad … [Read More...]

Also Dead is “Innovation Zone” Bill to Nullify Class-Size Limits and Teacher-Quality Safeguards

SB 1241 by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) died without further action in the House Calendars Committee Sunday night.  Below is key information Texas AFT has shared with legislators in opposition to the bill; we are on watch against any attempt to resurrect it as an amendment to other legislation: In the name of fostering “innovation,” SB 1241 enables and encourages school districts to opt … [Read More...]

Anti-Employee Bill Stuck in House State Affairs Committee, Likely Going Nowhere

As a practical matter, SB 1968, the bill in the Texas legislature to take away your right to voluntary payroll deduction of dues for your chosen organization, appears to be a goner as of tonight. As an official matter, it will be left for dead unless can be reported favorably from committee and placed by 10 pm tomorrow on the last House calendar for Senate bills to be considered on the House … [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...]