An important message for AFT-WV members

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Dear member,

We had a great meeting in Flatwoods yesterday, with all 55 counties from AFT-WV, WVEA, and WVSSPA reporting the authorization vote totals. By an overwhelming majority, education employees voted to approve authorization for our respective leaders to call for an “action” if & when warranted. The three organizations held a joint press conference to announce the results of the authorization vote.

For strategic reasons, we are not disclosing that figure, nor will we disclose individual county figures.  We requested all of our presidents to not disclose that information as well.

By voice and hand vote of the local presidents, the main triggers for an action were determined at the meeting.

The bill was amended in the House with some improvements but there are still provisions that are problematic. The bill changes daily at this point and the session is far from over.

We appreciate the House for working through a traditional route in regards to the legislative process, yet at the same time we want the entire legislature to know that we listen to our membership and will act accordingly if the membership determines they (the legislature) have triggered a work action. 

We encourage our members to attend the public hearing Monday at 8:00am and 5:30pm to let their voices be heard.

Additionally, AFT-WV will host another teletown hall on Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 7:30 PM to provide the latest updates and take questions from members. AFT President Randi Weingarten is scheduled to be on the call. All members will receive a call at 7:30 PM on Tuesday; simply stay on the line to participate in this call.

Further, we need our members to continue public outreach activities (feeding programs, child care, etc.) to ensure continued support and preparations in the event a work stoppage is necessary.  Please stay in constant communication with the leaders in your areas. 

In unity,

AFT-West Virginia