Texas AFT Round-Up: News on free school supplies, hurricane relief, TRS retiree health care changes

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  • AFT effort will provide free supplies nationwide; hurricane-impacted areas to benefit
  • Deadline today to apply for disaster relief
  • From our Legislative Hotline: Changes to TRS retiree health care; special session ‘softened the blow.’
  • In case you missed it: Time to be union proud in the wake of Hurricane Harvey
  • About this newsletter
 September 8, 2017
Corpus Christi AFT’s efforts to provide backpacks with supplies was featured on local television news.

 

AFT effort will provide free supplies nationwide; hurricane-impacted areas to benefit

AFT joined First Book and the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Wednesday to launch the Essentials for Kids Fund, a national initiative that will provide books, educational resources and basic-needs items for educators and their students in districts where the public schools are severely underfunded. As part of the launch, Essentials for Kids will deliver brand-new books and basic necessities, in coordination with first responders, educators and volunteers, to areas devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

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Deadline today to apply for disaster relief

Today  (Sept. 8 at midnight) is the last day to apply for assistance from the Texas AFT Disaster Relief Fund. Apply here.

For those who have applied, we are actively working to distribute grants. Please check here for updates next week.

Thanks to all who have donated to our relief fund. You can still help out with donations here.

 


From our Legislative Hotline: Changes to TRS retiree health care; special session ‘softened the blow.’

After an outcry erupted from thousands of active and retired teachers and other school employees over cost increases imposed on school retirees by the Legislature this spring, lawmakers in their summer special session ponied up an additional $212 million to scale back the increases. The Teacher Retirement System board was given the task of spending the money to maximize the benefit of the extra funding for retirees, and the board on September 1 formally approved a new benefit and rate structure accordingly. The new rates and benefits take effect in January 2018.

It is important to note that these improvements over what was passed in the spring simply will have the effect of “softening the blow” retirees will feel come January, as trustee Dr. Greg Gibson, superintendent of Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, said at the September 1 board meeting. Retirees still face a serious hit. More…


 

Texas AFT members help with clean-up in the Houston area last weekend.

 

In case you missed it: Time to be union proud in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

We sent this message out to members and subscribers on Labor Day, but in case you missed it…

The tragedy of Hurricane Harvey lays bare the thin safety net that holds up Texas families from having one stroke of bad luck put them in the poorhouse or out on the street. American workers need a collective voice now more than at any time in recent history. During Labor Day weekend we celebrate and recommit ourselves to the struggle to build strong, powerful unions that can bargain collectively for better wages, benefits, and a fair piece of the pie for working men and women.

 


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Texas American Federation of Teachers represents more than 65,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers.

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