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During the 2013 legislative session, AFT-WV worked diligently to maintain the provision in SB359 to guarantee teachers a planning period of no less than 40 minutes each day.

Given all the demands on teachers in the current education climate, we support the need for meaningful, uninterrupted planning time. All teachers, especially elementary, undergo an incredible amount of pressure to deliver effective instruction while taking care of the emotional and social needs of our students. This instructional planning time is imperative to ensuring a quality education for  all students.

AFT-WV believes


Back-to-School Time in McDowell County, W.Va., Means
Laptops, Community Schools, Expo

Every McDowell County middle-school student will receive a free laptop this fall, courtesy of West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Connect2Compete, and the Reconnecting McDowell partnership.

The laptop distribution announced today is one of several new activities Reconnecting McDowell is unveiling as the 2013-14 school year begins.

“These laptops are a way of leveling the playing field so that students in rural Appalachia have many of the same advantages as students anywhere else in the country,” said Randi


AFT-WV members from all over the state traveled to Charleston on April 1st to attend a rally in support of the United Mine Workers of America battle to save health care benefits for  their retirees.


Over ten thousand people packed the Charleston Civic Center to hear UMWA president Cecil Roberts declare that the UMWA would do whatever it took to protect their pensioners and widows and the benefits they are due.

(Right: Landon Wood, 9, of Charleston, chose the rally over soccer camp during his break because "it was the right thing to do." )

Govenor Tomblin, Sen. Rockefeller, Sen. Joe Manchin


Attention AFT-WV members...we need your help! Contact Pioneer WV Federal Credit Union and tell them to hire WV workers!

Pioneer WV Federal Credit Union has long described itself as a “community-based” credit union, so it’s pretty shocking that they’ve hired workers from Millersburg, Ohio to build a $1 million new branch in Teays Valley, WV.

Everyone knows someone in the Kanawha Valley who is looking for a good paying job. Local construction workers are skilled and drug free. They’re our friends, neighbors and the parents of the students we teach.

Hiring local workers benefits our local economy


More Legislative Roundtable photos!

Want to see more photos from the Legislative Roundtable? Check out AFT-WV's Flickr site, accessible from the Flickr module at the bottom right of the AFT-WV homepage.


The AFT-WV Legislative Roundtable, held Feb. 5th in Fairmont, was a huge success. Ten legislators were among the fifty people in attendance who braved winter weather to discuss education issues and the upcoming legislative session.

AFT members from eight counties were represented as well as professors from Fairmont State University and WVSSPA leaders from Marion and Monongalia counties. The event was covered extensively by local news media, and was the lead story on the front page of the Times West Virginian newspaper. More photos and tv news coverage can be viewed on AFT-WV's facebook page!


Congratulations AFT-WV member Whitney Stead from Cabell County, this year's winner of the Milken Award! Watch the video of the suprise announcement during a school assembly on Jan. 24th!

Stead is a kindergarten teacher at Village of Barboursville Elementary School in Barboursville. Before a schoolwide assembly, Whitney was stunned with the news that she is the state's recipient of the 2012 Milken Educator Award, which comes with a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize. Way to go Whitney!


Reconnecting McDowell shows great progress over the last year

Great AFL-CIO article about the first year of Reconnecting McDowell!

Read AFT-WV's response to the Education Audit, and also some of the audit recommendations of the WV Board of Education. 

AFT-WV encourages all teachers, school service personnel and parents to respond to the WVBOE's audit recommendations at


(Charleston, WV) - During the past few weeks, AFT-WV locals across the state have participated in the Hoodies for Hope campaign. Hoodies for Hope is an AFT-WV effort to collect new hoodies to send to union brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Sandy.  In addition to collection efforts by the state AFT office, many county AFT-WV chapters have been collecting hoodies to send to their northern colleagues- particularly those in New Jersey- where the national AFT has identified numerous families in need.

On December 14th at the AFT-WV headquarters, AFT-WV leaders and staff (photo above)