The Insider, our AFT-WV newsletter, will now be delivered electronically to our members! A copy will be delivered to the email address we have on file for you. Additionally, you can find our newsletter here on our website, our social media pages, and through any other communication methods your local representatives utilize.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
Leaders of the state’s two education employee organizations, AFT-West Virginia and WVEA, will hold focus groups to generate solutions to improve our public schools in ways that best support student success.
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
2022 General Election- Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot Affecting Education
Amendment No. 2: Property Tax Modernization Amendment Summary of Purpose
This amendment would give the state legislature the power to provide personal property exemptions for equipment and inventory directly used for business.
Summary of Purpose: “To amend the State Constitution by providing the Legislature with authority to exempt tangible machinery and equipment personal property directly used in business activity and tangible inventory personal property directly used in business activity and
The WV Association of School Administrators has passed a resolution against the passage of proposed constitutional amendments 2 and 4, both of which are on the ballot in November. AFT-WV also opposes both proposed amendments.