Texas Senate Committee Okays Bill to Ban Your Voluntary Dues Deduction–Fight Back!

SB 13, the misbegotten bill by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) to take away your right to voluntary payroll deduction of your organizational dues, was passed by Huffman’s Senate State Affairs Committee Thursday. The vote was six to two, with one senator absent. This discriminatory bill would outlaw payroll deduction for some categories of public employees […]

Anti-Teacher Bill Meets Wall of Opposition from Public Employees and Allies in Texas Senate

Send an online letter to you legislators now! Be connected to your state senator’s office to urge them to vote no on SB 13! Teachers and other education employees were joined today by other groups of public employees in a solid wall of opposition to state legislation that would take away their freedom to have […]

Legislation targets teacher dues payments in attempt to silence protests against privatization, lack of school funding

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 10, 2017 CONTACTS: Rob D’Amico, 512-627-1343 State Senate Committee to hold Feb. 13 hearing on SB 13 and HB 510 Teachers across the state—some in disbelief, some voicing anger—are hearing again that some lawmakers want to diminish their freedom to voluntarily support their professional organizations through payroll deduction. Senate Bill 13 […]

Your Voice: Use It or Lose It!

Write Your Lawmakers Now Here! Be Connected Directly to Your State Senator Here More Facts About HB 510 and SB 13 Here Your voice is crucial to improving public education and the teaching profession. Your voice has helped stop bad ideas to privatize public education through private-school vouchers and take away secure pensions. Frankly, they […]

Bills on payroll deduction for dues target public employees

Two bills filed this session–HB 510 and SB 13–would remove the ability of teachers, CPS workers, correctional officers, and many other public employees to make voluntary payments from their earnings via safe and secure payroll dues deduction to the employee or professional organization of their choice. We will be fighting these bills because: It’s your […]

Governor’s “State of the State” Misses the Mark on School Funding, Vouchers, and Employee Voice

By constitutional design, the Texas governorship is a comparatively weak executive position, with only modest direct authority to govern the state. But one power the governor does have is to designate certain legislation as an emergency item, eligible for early action during the biennial legislative session. And today Gov. Greg Abbott exercised that authority to […]

National Day of Action to Support Public Education

Texas AFT members will take part in a “National Day of Action” Thursday, January 19, as part of a nationwide series of events sponsored by the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools . Activists across the nation will stand together to: Demand that our schools and campuses be safe places free from the threat of racism […]

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 […]

Turning Back an Attack on Your Freedom to Use Payroll Deduction

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee took testimony today on a fresh attack against your right to pay your organizational dues via payroll deduction. A private-sector business group, locked in a dispute with a private-sector union, has chosen to lash out by demanding the prohibition of payroll deduction of dues by public employees—who are not […]

Hot Topics: Hearings on Education, Labor, Revenue

Hot Topics:  Hearings on Education, Labor, Revenue Texas AFT’s government-relations team will be working overtime next week as state lawmakers convene in Austin for a spate of hearings on education, labor, and revenue topics. The legislative hearings will overlap with a week-long series of State Board of Education meetings in the capital city as well. […]