The AFT, the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are working together to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of June 12's horrific shooting.
The Michigan House of Representatives, ignoring fierce opposition from the Democratic minority, passed a dead-of-night financial aid package for Detroit Public Schools that had been twisted into a partisan screed against Detroit teachers and school employees.
Twenty-two AFT-WV activists joined educators from across the country at the American Federation of Teachers TEACH conference in July to participate in cutting edge professional development and discuss challenges and solutions in education. Held in Washington, DC, the event focused on how teachers are creating, innovating and finding new ways to help kids succeed and encouraged teachers to seize opportunities to strengthen their profession.
AFT-WV President Christine Campbell is traveling across the state to welcome educators back to school and to encourage them to take an active role in their profession and their union.
Campbell has already traveled to Cabell, Wood, Fayette and Boone Counties for back to school meetings. She is scheduled to attend AFT-Kanawha's back to school event on August 20th and plans to visit as many locals as possible in the next few months.
Be on the lookout for Christine in your county soon!
In a case that could have statewide implications, WV Administrative Law Judge Brenda Gould sided with AFT-WV's assertion that an employee dress code enacted in 2013 by the Lewis County Board of Education is unconstitutional. Click here to read more about this case.
The state board of education voted on October 15th to postpone the use of the state summative assessment data in conjunction with the fifteen percent (15%) component for the teacher’s evaluation in the tested grades and subjects. For the 2015-2016 school year, all teachers will write two (2) student learning goals.
Last year, public employees and retirees saw nearly $42 million in PEIA benefit cuts for the 2015-16 plan year. While those cuts caused hardships on West Virginia's hard working families, the future is much worse.
Without immediate action by Senate President Bill Cole, House Speaker Tim Armstead, and members of the legislature, PEIA will be forced to make draconian cuts eliminating $120 million in active and retiree benefits. The West Virginia Legislature must stop the assault on West Virginia's working families.
AFT-WV members joined over 3500 union members from across the state to protest the WV legislative leadership’s attack on working families.
Chants of “Right to Work is Wrong” and “Fix and Fund PEIA” echoed throughout the Capitol halls before the Governor’s State of the State address on Wednesday night.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the looming teacher shortage our public schools face and how we can address the challenge before it turns into a crisis.
As it gathers momentum, the movement to organize graduate assistants could well overturn old policies barring private college and university graduate workers from unionizing, and pave the way for guaranteed workers' rights in the future.