Topic: Unions

Fair Work for Fair Pay: Aldine AFT Wins Advocacy Award

Congratulations to Aldine AFT for winning the national AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Union Workplace Advocacy Award. Our affiliate for Aldine ISD in the Houston area was presented the honor at the AFT PSRP Conference in Washington, D.C., on April 22, for its "Fair Work for Fair Pay" campaign. The campaign highlighted the story of Gloria Zavala, a custodian...

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Texas AFT Member Nominated for “Everyday Hero” Award

Each year, AFT recognizes with an “Everyday Hero” award members who inspire us all to make a difference in our chosen fields and in our communities. Semifinalists for the award have been chosen from each AFT division--representing teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, higher-education staff and faculty, health-care professionals, public employees and retirees—and you can cast your vote online for each...

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Enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act—Aldine AFT Scores a Big Win

Aldine ISD, one of the largest suburban school districts in the Houston area and in the state as a whole, was the scene of a big win for on-the-job fairness last month. When veteran custodian Gloria Zavala reported that she was being required to work overtime without additional pay at her newly assigned school, Aldine AFT filed an associational grievance...

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Local AFT Union Blasts Bullying and Intimidation in Dallas ISD; Teacher Who Spoke Out Against District Policy Gains Reinstatement

Last week Dallas teacher Joseph Drake was removed from his fourth-grade classroom in the middle of the school day and placed on administrative leave, apparently for having the audacity to complain in an e-mail directed to a board member about high-handed district policy changes extending teachers’ workday without extra pay. This morning, the Alliance-AFT, Texas AFT’s 10,000-member affiliate in the...

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High-Handed Dallas ISD Board Needs to Learn a Lesson: Stop Bullying Parents, Educators, Community

Last week the Dallas ISD school board rammed through controversial new policies that would close 11 neighborhood schools and extend teachers’ workday without extra pay next year. The policy content was bad enough.  But the process was even uglier.  And Dallas educators and community members are not going to stand for it. Last week, a parent who raised her voice...

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 Laid-off Dallas Teacher Joins President to Highlight Need for Passage of American Jobs Act to Retain Teachers, Rebuild Schools  

Kimberly Russell, a Dallas ISD social studies teacher and single mother who was laid off in May, was slated to introduce President Barack Obama at a Dallas-area event Tuesday afternoon promoting passage of the American Jobs Act. The President’s itinerary included a tour of the Children’s Laboratory School at Eastfield Community College in Mesquite and a meeting with students and...

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Everyday Heroism: Charles “C.J.” Johnson, Paraprofessional Safety Worker, North Dallas High School, Alliance-AFT, Local 2260

A fifth-grade teacher from Connecticut and a New York teacher who carried her activist spirit with her into retirement in Florida were among the everyday heroes honored this week at the AFT TEACH professional-issues conference in the nation’s capital this week. Teacher Karen King has found myriad ways to help her students actively engage in humanitarian volunteer efforts across the...

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Strong Testimony Answers Attacks on School Funding, Teacher Pay, Contract Safeguards

Texas AFT testified against matching school-finance bills in the Texas House and Senate Thursday. The plans fall short on both adequacy and equity, and they would permanently enforce $4 billion in unprecedented cuts in public education. These bills, HB 1 and SB 1, would leave school districts uncertain whether they could count on state funding formulas; those formulas simply would...

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Some Positive Local Election Results

Voters in San Antonio ISD gave our San Antonio local, the S.A. Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, a big victory today, with passage by a two-to-one margin of a bond issue worth $515 million, allowing much-needed renovations and improvements in school facilities across the district. Meanwhile, over in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, our Cy-Fair AFT affiliate played a leading role in...

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State Ruling Backs McAllen AFT on District’s Duty to Pay Salary-Step Increases

Texas AFT's local affiliate in McAllen ISD has won a significant victory in a legal battle to get the district to give teachers their full 2009-2010 pay raise as required by state law. This week an administrative law judge with the Texas Education Agency ruled in McAllen AFT's favor, supporting the union's contention that the district violated state law last...

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