Bad Bills Headed for Hearings–Speak Out Against One Aiming to Silence You

Starting Friday, the Texas Senate will be holding rapid-fire hearings over three days in an effort to jam through a batch of bad proposals that have deservedly failed in past sessions. These include bills to enact private-school voucher subsidies (SB 2 on Friday in the Senate Education Committee) and to dictate discriminatory bathroom-use policies affecting […]

Temperature Rising as Educators, Parents Rally for Public Schools on Eve of Special Session

Lt. Gov Dan Patrick and his enabler, Gov. Greg Abbott, are cranking up the rhetorical heat on state legislators to pass a passel of bad ol’ bills in the special session commencing tomorrow, July 18. They are using every chance they get to try to browbeat lawmakers into submission. These two misguided public officials want […]

Why Is Messing with Your Freedom to Use Payroll Deduction on the Governor’s Agenda?

Gov. Greg Abbott has yet to follow up on his informal announcement of a special session of the state Legislature starting July 18 with the issuance of a formal proclamation that would allow bill filing to begin. Nonetheless, Abbott has put out a series of press releases applauding Senate and House members for  announcing their […]

Texas AFT convention highlights: Randi Weingarten speaks to the value of community schools in a “toxic” state and national environment

Texas AFT held its biennial convention–with the theme of “Public School Proud”–last weekend in El Paso. The convention included the usual business of electing statewide officers and deciding on resolutions to guide the union in the coming years. (Louis Malfaro was re-elected as president by acclamation, and Ray McMurrey was re-elected as secretary treasurer by acclamation.) The […]

Bad Bill Moving–Fight Back against Attack on Payroll Deduction!

SB 13, the Texas Senate bill to take away your freedom to have your organizational dues deducted from your paycheck, has been referred to the House State Affairs Committee for review. This bill by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) resembles legislation that deservedly died without coming to a vote in the House State Affairs Committee in […]

Sign Up to Support the Fair Shot Texas Agenda

Extreme politicians in the Texas Legislature are determined to weaken the power of working people. They’re pushing special interest-backed legislation that would make it harder for working families to make ends meet. We believe everyone deserves a fair shot to get ahead, which is why we’ve joined other labor partners in Texas to form the […]

Fox Takes Up Residence in Henhouse at Pension Review Board

Josh McGee, a prominent critic of guaranteed retirement benefits for public employees, will now be chairing the State Pension Review Board, thanks to a two-thirds vote in the Texas Senate Thursday. McGee’s appointment by Gov. Greg Abbott was snagged for weeks because of grass-roots opposition that translated into a blocking minority of 11 senators depriving […]

Bills on the Move (or Not) in the Texas Legislature

As the Legislature takes a break until Monday for the Easter/Passover holiday, there’s news to report on a number of bills of importance to education employees. With just 46 days left in the 2017 regular session, some major bills are on the move, while some others are not. Educator misconduct:  SB 7, the bill by Sen. […]

Convention 2017 Workshops

  Texas AFT Professional Issues Day June 17, 2017 Register here Schedule (course descriptions are listed below) You may also download a PDF of times and descriptions. 10:30am-12pm 1:45pm-3:15pm 3:30pm-5pm Creating a Cultural Consciousness Kimberly McLeod, Harris County Department of Education Communicating the Union Message Julie Washington, AFT Parent and Teacher Collaboration: Key to ELL […]