Part-time Unemployment: Making the law work for us

It's getting close to summer and once again our members are faced with filing for unemployment benefits. For contingent faculty, it's not always easy. Here are some key points about applying from Wendy Rader-Konofalski, WEA Lobbyist, at a workshop she presented for AFT Washington members last year. If you have any questions, please contact Tracey Whitten, AFT Washington Internal Organizer, who staffs the Contingent Faculty Issues Committee.

2015 AFT Washington Convention

The 2015 AFT Washington Convention, the 79th convention of this organization, will be held at The Hotel Murano in Tacoma on Friday, May 15, and Saturday, May 16, 2015. This year we will be electing officers to the AFT Washington Executive Board, and the two-year term will start in July. Important deadlines for nominations, bylaws amendments, and resolutions are available below. Please refer to the Convention Call, including the calendar on the reverse side, for additional details and important deadlines.


Annual Education Scholarship Program

Accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Education Scholarship Awards!

We are now accepting applications for our 2015-2016 AFT Washington/Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt Scholarship. Up to three $1,000 education scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants. The deadline for receiving applications is June 1, 2015.


Washington's Archaic Revenue System is Worst in Nation

“Washington’s tax system is the most regressive in the nation, placing a disproportionate burden on those with the lowest incomes.” – TIME Magazine

A tale of two states

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten looks at how Minnesota and Wisconsin have followed very different economic paths since electing new governors in 2010.


Teachers union presidents discuss ESEA priorities

The presidents of the nation's two largest teachers unions offered a solid shared vision for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act at a Washington, D.C., meeting with state policy chiefs and in a joint keynote address to a nationwide audience of classroom educators participating in Share My Lesson's third annual virtual conference.