Tell The Senate: Don't Forfeit Our Future
The coronavirus has wreaked unprecedented havoc on the lives of the American people. Our economy, our schools, our jobs and our way of life have been disrupted. To survive and recover from this pandemic, safely reopen our schools, and allow people to safely return to work to restore our economy, we have to maintain critical state and local services, such as law enforcement, education and healthcare.
We need your senators to support critical pieces of the House-passed HEROES Act in the next COVID-19 relief bill.
We care. We fight. We show up. We vote.
AFT members have a vibrant history of engagement in the electoral process—whether it’s volunteering to get out the vote, running for public office, talking to fellow union members, serving as a delegate to a party's national convention or voting in higher numbers than the general public.
Tell DeVos to stop diverting funding away from public schools
Our country is currently dealing with a pandemic, an economic recession and structural racism—three crises that affect public schools across this country. At a time when we need our federal leaders to step up to support public schools and the 90 percent of students who attend them, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos just can’t help herself from trying to revive a failed school privatization agenda.
This time, she would take money intended for public schools from the CARES Act, a COVID-19-relief bill, and redirect $1.35 billion away from public schools serving low-income students and give it to private schools serving wealthy students.
Tell the Department of Education to withdraw its latest scheme to divert funding from public schools to private schools.
AFT for Biden
AFT members are leading the fight for a healthy democracy, social justice and economic equity.
Fill out the form and tell us how you can participate in the campaign to protect our families and communities.
AFT+Cornell collective bargaining
Do you want to increase your knowledge and skills in collective bargaining? The AFT/Cornell ILR Collective Bargaining Certificate Program and the AFT Collective Bargaining Community have been created for member leaders at the state and local level.
The AFT/Cornell Collective Bargaining Certificate Program is offered in partnership by the AFT and the Scheinman Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School. This program, which was the brainchild of AFT President Randi Weingarten, is designed to give member leaders the skills and confidence they need to effectively bargain and increase the union’s voice in their workplace and community. This is a great opportunity to earn a nationally recognized certificate valued at nearly $10,000 when earned outside of this program.
The AFT Collective Bargaining Community page has resources, webinars, research and other support by the AFT Union Leadership Institute (ULI) and the AFT Center for Collective Bargaining to help develop these skills. Additionally, there are discussion boards where you can connect with colleagues across the AFT.
Let’s lower your student loan payments together.
With Summer you can:
- Lower your payments
- Apply for loan forgiveness
- Access expert guidance and support
Member benefits new member ID lookup
The AFT Members-only page is your portal to savings and special services, now with AFT Member ID lookup functionality. Even if you don’t have your card at hand, you can access these important benefits, look up your AFT member number and print a temporary ID card.
Just scroll down to “How do I access these benefits?” and click on the link.
Contingent faculty survey
Over the past 50 years, the use of academic workers facing contingent employment has skyrocketed. As administrators try to cut costs, they’re also cutting the educational quality of our institutions and making our profession less sustainable for everyone in it. We need to hear from you as we continue our fight for equality for adjunct and contingent faculty.
It’s the last chance to self-respond to the 2020 census before census personnel start going door to door across the country to homes that haven’t yet responded.
Participate in the census on your terms. Filling out the census on your own means you get to define yourself—your race, your ethnicity and your household— and do it on your own time. It also makes it very unlikely that a census-taker will come to your door.
The census counts how many people are in your neighborhood, city and state.
Getting counted brings funding to your community—including for schools and health centers. More than $1.5 trillion in funding depends on the census count.
Getting counted also means accurate representation in Congress, in city councils and in school boards.
PSRP and IAD support staff petition
Sign on to the education support personnel manifesto on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis!
PSI is calling on trade unions and civil society to sign on to our Manifesto and to mobilise in the demand for the recognition of Education support personnel who have long served, long fought, and have earned the right to be central to the new vision of what schooling will be in a post-pandemic world.
Innovation Fund grant
The AFT is proud to announce COVID-19 Response grants for the 2020-21 year! This year, all grants will be focused on supporting your efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on your communities, especially the collective and individual traumas everyone is experiencing, affecting both teaching and learning. The deadline for Cycle 1 is September 20, 2020.
Summer Educator Academy
Don’t miss AFT’s new virtual summer learning opportunity! This year, members can access our research-based Summer Educator Academy from the comfort of their homes through the fall of 2020.
Distance Learning and Capstone
As teachers prepare for the new school year—either in person, online or in a hybrid program—it is important for students to create and maintain connections with the teacher and classmates. Share My Lesson’s Distance Learning Community has hundreds of free lesson plans, activities and professional development webinars to help educators and parents face the new, perhaps uncertain, school year head-on. Additionally, this community is the home to the AFT capstone projects. AFT’s capstone projects are for every grade and can be adapted to meet the needs of the teacher and the school. Most importantly, these capstone projects will help students begin the new year feeling excited to share what they already know.
Help English language learners from preK–12 succeed with Colorín Colorado. Since 2004, Colorín Colorado—a free, award-winning online resource for preK–12 educators and families of ELLs of all language backgrounds—has provided educators and parents with resources on literacy skills, academic content, parent outreach and more. Colorín Colorado is the most widely used website nationwide for educators and families of ELLs and it is co-produced by PBS Station WETA and the AFT.
AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Community
For healthcare members who need continuing education contact hours, please visit the Healthcare Convention 2020 community page on the AFT eLearning site. Once you register for the site, you will have access to on-demand continuing education content. The AFT is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a provider of continuing education.
Hunger Does Not Take a Vacation
As we saw in the beginning of this pandemic, our public school kitchens and school staff feed communities in their hour of greatest need. With the support of our public school bus drivers, they can also distribute that food to neighborhoods far and wide. With the right partners and funding, our schools have the ability to not only continue to feed children throughout the summer but also to expand our reach to feed families.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools have successfully met higher participation demands without any additional reimbursement from the federal government, along with the loss of regular sales revenue. What we need now are resources and a strategic approach to feeding vulnerable families, with public school kitchens at the heart of the solution.
Tell the Senate: No Vouchers In the COVID Relief Bill
Betsy DeVos and the Senate Republicans are at it again. At a time when our public schools need significant resources from the federal government to fend off huge revenue loss and massive new costs to try to reopen for the upcoming school year, they are trying to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic to revive a failed school privatization agenda.
Write to your member of Congress and tell them: reject private school vouchers and voucher-like schemes in COVID-19 relief bills!