Raise Texas Wages!

Texas lawmakers, strongly backed by Texas AFT and other affiliates of the Texas AFL-CIO, are pushing to increase the minimum wage for Texans in all walks of life with a bevy of bills filed in the 2017 legislative session that began January 10. The drive to raise Texans’ pay is the focus of a Texas […]

The Teacher Pay Penalty

  A new report published today by the Economic Policy Institute bears a title that telegraphs its message: “The teacher pay gap is wider than ever.” Translation: “In 2015, public school teachers’ weekly wages were 17.0 percent lower than those of comparable workers—compared with just 1.8 percent lower in 1994. This erosion of relative teacher […]

One Day Left to Take Action Supporting Overtime Pay for Underpaid Teachers

A proposed new federal regulation from the U.S. Department of Labor that would make millions of salaried workers eligible for overtime-pay protection is good as far as it goes. But it does not go far enough. The proposed new overtime policy still does not help teachers, because it leaves untouched a provision of federal administrative […]

Take Action Now to Support Overtime Pay for Underpaid Teachers

A proposed new federal regulation from the U.S. Department of Labor that would make millions of salaried workers eligible for overtime-pay protection is good as far as it goes. But it does not go far enough. The proposed new overtime policy still does not help teachers, because it leaves untouched a provision of federal administrative […]

Media Focus on Teacher Shortage Evokes Blunt Responses from Educators

Recent front-page stories in the New York Times and elsewhere have drawn attention to the re-emergence of teacher shortages as a nationwide concern. On August 16 the Times letter-to-the-editor column featured some telling comments from educators themselves, including a strongly worded statement from AFT President Randi Weingarten. Here’s a sampling of those letters for your […]

As Texas Legislature Adjourns, Texas AFT Leader Sizes Up Missed Opportunity

The 84th regular session of the Texas legislature ended Monday shortly after mid-day. Here’s how Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro sized up the session in a press release Monday afternoon: Legislature falls short (way short) on public education funding At the beginning of the year there was a lot of talk from state leaders about […]

Texas AFT and Local Affiliates Back Teacher-Pay Bill

With strong backing from Texas AFT and local affiliates in San Antonio and Austin, Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) made a push on Thursday for a bill to raise Texas teacher pay by $4,000 a year. Menendez held a morning press conference to promote the idea, with presidents of  the Texas AFT locals in San […]

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 […]

A Key Senate Vote on Minimum Teacher Pay

For decades Texas has maintained a minimum salary schedule for teachers, recognizing in state law that there’s something to be said for experience and it ought to be rewarded. For almost as long, an ideological campaign against that minimum salary schedule has been under way, with many unsuccessful attempts to kill it based on the […]

STAAR is not the measure of good teaching, and teachers are worth more than $27,540 a year!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2015 CONTACT: Rob D’Amico (512-627-1343) Louis Malfaro, president of the 65,000-member Texas branch of the American Federation of Teachers, commented today on Senate passage of SB 893: It’s odd that while parents, educators and even a majority of legislators have spoken out against the overemphasis on standardized testing, that the […]