Topic: Membership

AFT Pilot Projects, Including Two in Texas, Promote Community Engagement

Immediate challenges and long-term opportunities framed the discussion when state and local affiliates from nine states gathered in Washington, D.C., on November 10 for the launch of a pilot project designed to forge sustainable AFT ties in the communities where members live and work. Texas AFT’s two largest local affiliates—the Alliance-AFT in Dallas ISD and the Houston Federation of Teachers...

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New Online Newsletters Coming from AFT

This week the American Federation of Teachers will begin sending monthly e-newsletters for members of each of AFT’s five divisions, featuring timely news, resources, benefits, and interactive opportunities. Members can expect to see their e-newsletters in their inboxes based on this schedule: AFT PSRP (Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel—approximately the 10th of the month (starting Nov. 12) AFT Healthcare—approximately the 15th...

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AFT President Minces No Words on Biased Classroom Materials

In a letter yesterday to Scholastic Inc., AFT President Randi Weingarten expressed her disappointment that the company has partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to produce classroom materials that purport to teach about energy. The Chamber of Commerce, Weingarten wrote, “has a long record of opposing efforts to protect children from dangerous chemicals and pollutants like mercury, smog and...

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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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AFT Stance on Issues in Higher Education

At its meeting earlier in October, the AFT executive council took up and passed four noteworthy higher-education policy resolutions recommended by committees at the AFT convention in July. The resolution on "Supporting Increased Federal Investment in College and University Instruction" recognizes important investments in higher education made by the current administration and Congress in the last two years. It calls...

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Role of Community Colleges in Spotlight

Texas AFT has made a push all year long at interim state budget hearings for full funding of Texas community colleges. They already educate the clear majority of all students enrolled in public institutions of higher education in our state, and that percentage is headed higher and higher as costs of four-year colleges soar. Last week a White House Summit...

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Online Resources on Children’s Health Help Educators Help Kids

The American Federation of Teachers marked yesterday’s Child Health Day by unveiling a new Web page (www.aft.org/childhealth) that focuses on the vital link between children's health and their academic success. As teacher Ronnie Moshi says on the page, "When my students come to class with health, social or mental issues such as homelessness, hunger, toothaches, they are often not able...

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One Nation Working Together: AFT Stands With Allies in Nation’s Capital

Tens of thousands of AFT members gathered in Washington, D.C., on October 2 to add their voices to the One Nation Working Together march at the Lincoln Memorial. Arriving by bus, car, train, and plane, AFTers came from coast to coast to attend. Here’s an account of the day’s events, based on a recap by AFT’s communications department. With more...

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Alternative Pathways–the “Career” Part of College/Career Readiness

It is axiomatic in most discussions of post-secondary readiness that a bachelor’s degree is the ticket to a prosperous, successful career. But does that make it true for every student in every circumstance? Three articles in the new issue of American Educator, the professional journal of the American Federation of Teachers, make a strong case that it’s time to rethink...

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Recommended Reading–a Texas AFT Leader on Improving Schools as Union Work

The Fall 2010 issue of American Educator, the professional journal of the American Federation of Teachers, includes an extraordinary essay by one of our own, new Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer Louis Malfaro. His piece, entitled "The Professional Educator: Lessons on Organizing for Power and School Improvement," offers many insights into what union organizing in education–particularly here in Texas–is all about. Read More

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Higher-Ed Academic Workforce Survey

AFT’s national office reports that the Coalition on the Academic Workforce (CAW)–of which AFT is a member–is kicking off a major survey to collect information about the working lives of contingent academics (non-tenure-track, full- and part-time instructors and researchers; graduate employees; and postdoctoral fellows). It is the first national survey of its kind to gather in-depth data on the salaries,...

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Community Colleges Are a Bargain for the State and Deserve Full State Support

At a Legislative Budget Board hearing Tuesday on funding for community colleges, Texas AFT voiced strong support for funding community colleges that recognizes the high value of this critical resource. That means full state funding (less tuition and fees that enable affordable access) of community-college operational costs–including the full amount of health-care premiums for all employees. Fully funding operational costs...

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