Ohio paraprofessional Oliver Collins is canvassing and phone banking for Hillary Clinton in the final few days of the campaign, summoning up the empathy he uses every day in his job as a special ed para.
AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson started out as a paraprofessional who, after a snowstorm, watched as paras were left alone without pay to keep kids safe. The debacle inspired Johnson to launch her first organizing drive.
Even months later, Kris Schwarzkopf still gets choked up remembering the night she was awarded the highest honor an AFT PSRP leader can receive: the Albert Shanker Pioneer Award.
Defining what it means to be professional. Identifying needs. Eliminating barriers. That’s the mission of our task force on professionalism, whose PSRP members weigh in on critical issues for support staff.
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