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AFT-WV Legal Update on COVID-Related Concerns

Over the past several weeks, AFT-WV leadership has been consulting with our legal team to explore various ways to address the school-related COVID concerns of our members.  Our in-house attorney and outside counsel have been researching case law and collaborating on possible avenues for intervention and action, both on the state and local levels.

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

Online Classes Available for Members

Looking to sharpen your teaching skills?  Need 3 or 6 hours of affordable graduate credit?

 

AFT-WV is offering two online courses to meet our members needs: Foundations of Effective Teaching & Thinking Math

 

Course descriptions and info:

AFT-WV Convention Call and Registration

ALL AFT-WV MEMBERS

Fraternal Greetings:

In compliance with Article VI of the AFT-WV Constitution, the Executive Board officially issues this call for the Federation’s Constitutional Convention, scheduled to convene as follows:

 

Date/ Time: Saturday, Nov. 14

$40.00 Delegate Registration Fee per delegate is waived this year
    
9:00AM - 3:00 PM Convention & Workshops
      
  

Convention & Election of Officers

AFT-WV Statement on Sept. 15, 2020

Today, Governor Justice unveiled additional changes to the WVDE color-coded school metric. While we agree that more testing is imperative in gaining a more accurate reflection of the infection rates in our communities, AFT-WV questions the effectiveness of a constantly changing metric for school attendance. Employees, parents, and students need a system they can trust and easily understand.

AFT-WV Responds to Abandonment of School-Related COVID Case Reporting

CHARLESTON- The state’s largest education union responded to reports that school-related COVID cases are no longer being reported by state officials.

On September 4th, Governor Justice said “I want every single thing transparent at all times,” when he was still reporting cases at his tri-weekly briefings. Additionally, State Health Officer Dr. Ayne Amjad stated that same day that “we have announced the schools because we do think it’s a public health/safety concern, and parents, teachers and the public do need to know….and we will be doing that.”

‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.