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Celebrating student loan relief

“It was like waking up and learning you won the lottery.” That’s just one of the comments flooding the AFT offices from members who are elated to be free of student debt at last. After relentless advocacy, including an AFT lawsuit against former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that was so broken is finally doing what it is supposed to do: delivering relief from student debt for thousands of borrowers. So far, $6.2 billion in student debt has been forgiven for 100,000 public service workers like teachers, nurses and professors.

Court update on payroll deduction

The WV Supreme Court of Appeals has issued an unfavorable decision and reversed the Circuit Court order of June 16, 2021, and dissolved the existing preliminary injunction. This case has been remanded to the Circuit Court of Kanawha County for further proceedings.

New faces at AFT-WV

AFT-WV begins the year with two new additions to the AFT-WV staff. Welcome Rob and Josh, the newest members of our team!

 

AFT, First Book give out free books to 750 students in Marion County

AFT-WV, AFT, and First Book Host Book Giveaway for 750 students 

"We’re just excited for the kids. It’s their book, we tell them to put their name in it and obviously we are very, very passionate about reading and we feel that students, the bottom line is they learn to read by reading, ….Let’s face it, sometimes socioeconomic issues prevent children from owning books. So this is a small gesture from our national [office] to hopefully get a book in a kid’s hands,” Caputo said.

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Members across the state aren't letting the abolishment of payroll deduction extinguish their professional voice!

They're signing up for e-dues to remain a union member and fight for public education.