Round-Up: Texas AFT Round-Up: Watch a video invite to our Red for Ed march; And news on pensions and health care

Inside:

  • VIDEO: Why you need to join the Red for Ed movement on March 11
  • It’s what’s for breakfast: conversations with your legislators!
  • AFT’s identity theft benefit has members covered
  • Lots of talk about teacher pay, but what about retirees?
  • Our Hotline readers don’t need an ICYMI
  • About this newsletter

Want a real pay raise and more money for our schools?
You have to ‘show up’ to be heard

VIDEO: Hear union leaders from the Red for Ed movement support our March to the Capitol in Texas.

As the Red for Ed movement sweeps the country, it’s clear that if you want higher pay for educators and more funding for our schools, you have to show up to be heard! That’s the message we’re hearing from union leaders across the country. Here’s a brief invitation video and show of support from other leaders urging everyone to attend our March to the Capitol on March 11.

We are partnering with the Texas State Teachers Association for the event, but note that you do not need to be a member of Texas AFT or TSTA to attend. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to Stand Up and Speak Out together!

Check to see if there is a local union in your area, as many will be providing bus transportation to Austin on March 11. Or RSVP here and and we can and try and connect you to give a ride or get a ride. (You can also RSVP and keep in the loop on Facebook here.)

 


It’s what’s for breakfast: conversations with your legislators!


Our members are already showing up to be heard by attending meetings with legislators across the state. Last week, Spring AFT held a breakfast to discuss issues around public education. Attending the event were State Reps. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) and Valoree Swanson (R-Spring).


 

AFT’s identity theft benefit has members covered

Recent data breaches are powerful reminders that we live in a world where securing data has never been more important. Rest assured, AFT has our members covered with free identity theft protection. Find out more and a link to enroll here!


Lots of talk about teacher pay, but what about retirees?

Join Retiree Plus!

While we are fighting for a pay raise for ALL school employees, we have not forgotten our retirees need a raise too. (Our February 5 Legislative Hotline has all the details on pensions and health care.) It’s going to take all of us to stand up and fight for higher state contributions to our pensions and health care. Here’s a great start: Join Retiree Plus.

Texas AFT Retiree Plus is a newly formed group advocating for retired teachers and school employees in Texas because retirees deserve a state organization that will stand strong to protect their pension and health care. Membership is open to any retired school employee. You are invited to join today for just $2 a month. Online membership is quick and easy.

 


Our Hotline readers don’t need an ICYMI

Watch Texas AFT President Louis Malfaro call for a Timeout on Charter Schools at the MLK Day March in Austin.

Don’t wait for an “In Case You Missed It” each month in the Round-Up. Subscribe to our daily Legislative Hotline email to stay informed on the issues that affect your profession and your retirement. But here’s an ICYMI for February:

Remember, you can always find the archive of Hotlines here.


About this newsletter

Round-Up is the email newsletter from Texas AFT and is published every two weeks.

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 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers.

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