Dennis Sousa, President, Professional Staff Association at Rhode Island CollegeMore
While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the importance of collective bargaining and unions to families and communities in its ruling in Harris v. Quinn, let's be clear that working people, who have aspired to the middle class and tried to make a better life for their families, have taken it on the chin for years, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.
In a message to members following the June 10 court decision inVergara v. California, AFT President Randi Weingarten and California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt discuss the ramifications of the ruling and what the AFT is doing to fight back. They also are urging AFT members to sign a thank you card to California teachers to let them know you honor their commitment and courage.
Millions of borrowers with crushing student loan debt could benefit from an executive order President Barack Obama signed at the White House, with several AFT members in attendance.
Twelve-year teaching veteran Robert Geremia, a social studies teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., who has attained the status of "highly effective teacher," told U.S. senators about how his financial life has been put on hold as a result of the loans he had to take to attend graduate school and better serve his students.
The AFT has announced its 2014 AFT Everyday Heroes after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary union members will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.
As if student debt levels soaring to more than $1.2 trillion isn't shocking enough, a new report released by the AFT shows that a large portion of the billions Americans spend on higher education each year ends up in the pockets of Wall Street and other financial profiteers.