Attend a workshop on how to get out of student debt

Are you still paying on your student loans years after graduating from college? Do you have a child who is going to college and has student debt? Do you work part-time and struggle with student loan payments?

Student debt is now the second largest form of consumer debt, totaling $1.3 trillion dollars. In fact, over the past three decades, the cost of college has grown more than 1,150% - outpacing inflation, healthcare costs, and other living expenses, and is a leading factor in income inequality.

AFT Washington is excited about a project called (Un)Popular Economics that we are offering to our members on Saturday, August 15, from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Seattle Colleges Georgetown Campus. Find out more about the workshop and how to register by clicking here. Hurry! Space is limited!

AFT NW Leadership Forum July 30-August 2, 2015

The AFT Northwest Leadership Forum this year is on Thursday, July 30, through Sunday afternoon, August 2, at the Hilton Vancouver in Vancouver, WA. The forum is a leadership training program, co-sponsored by AFT LEAD Program, AFT-Oregon, AFT Washington, OFNHP, and OSEA. It focuses on subjects essential for development and maintenance of dynamic and effective locals and the union as a whole.

Check out the brochure for all of the classes and seminars. Registration closed July 17 but space may still be available. Contact Leah Leach, AFT-Oregon, at 1-971-888-5665 or by email at leahl@aft-oregon.org.

Statement on 2015-2017 State Operating Budget

AFT Washington applauds Governor Inslee and the House and Senate for passing a compromise 2015-2017 budget that supports education employees. The budget provides a 4.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment over two years for education employees covered by voter-approved Initiative 732. This not only covers K-12 teachers but also community and technical college (CTC) faculty, technical college classified employees, and K-12 school support staff. [full release]

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Pushing forward to fight rising student debt

The AFT has joined a broad coalition of organizations, from its sister unions to Student Veterans of America, from the National Young Farmers Coalition to Jobs with Justice and the Center for American Progress, to demand that elected officials take action and address college affordability within the next six months.

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Want A Website For Your Local?

In this day and age, people look to the Web for information. As a result, organizations almost always need to have a website to compliment their communications. Unfortunately, not everyone has the expertise or time to maintain a local web site.

For this reason, AFT hosts free web sites to affiliated locals. To take advantage of this benefit, contact Sylvia Watson, AFT Washington Communications Coordinator, at 206-432-8084 or swatson@aftwa.org. Sylvia can help get your site set up and even provide hands-on training.

Wall Street deals costing schools, municipalities billions

Following a new report detailing how Wall Street sold toxic deals to school districts and municipalities that are costing communities billions in fees, interest and other payments, educators, parents, community members and local officials have joined together for a Day of Action in cities across the country.

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