The mission of the AFT Washington Classified Council is to advise and guide the executive board on classified issues by sharing knowledge and experience and to listen to and communicate with members to empower them to have a voice in their union, their workplace, and their communities.
A record 88 classified members attended this year’s professional development conference on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Tacoma. The theme was "Fighting Forward, Making a Difference Every Day."
Workshops were held on anger and conflict management, early brain development and the impact of trauma, how to distinguish gripes from grievances, responding to challenging behaviors in at-risk youth, and working with children who have autism. [read more and see photos of the conference]
As of 6/1/14
Maria Haynes, Chair (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Janet Morgan (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Barb Randall-Saleh (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Janet Watson (AFT Renton Classified)
Todd Hahn (AFT Renton Classified)
Debbie Scott (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Diane Hollstrom (Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators)
Randy Holt (Clover Park Technical College Classified)
The Classified Council meets the first Saturday of the month (unless rescheduled) during October through June each year. If you are interested in joining the Classified Council, please contact Merrilee Miron, 206-432-8083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We represent classified members in K-12 and higher education in the following locals:
- AFT Kent Classified Local 6344
- AFT Renton Technical College Classified Local 6421
- Clover Park Technical College Classified Local 4789
- Federation of Head Start Employees Local 6153
- Lake Washington Federation of College Classified Local 4787
- Tacoma Federation of ParaEducators Local 461
- United Classified Workers Union Local 4795
The Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division of the American Federation of Teachers represents more than 360,000 school support staff in K-12 districts, colleges and universities throughout the country. These jobs include office employees, custodians, maintenance workers, bus drivers, instructional paraprofessionals, food service workers, school nurses and health aides, technicians, groundskeepers, secretaries, bookkeepers, mechanics, special education assistants and hundreds of other job titles. To find out more, check out AFT's PSRP website.
Share My Lesson is a place where anyone who works with students—inside or outside of schools—can come together to share their very best resources. This free platform gives access to high-quality resources and provides an online community where educators and parents can collaborate with, encourage, and inspire each other. It is for:
- A food service worker who wants to share or find best resources on nutrition.
- An early childhood educator who has or wants great activities for very young students.
- A classroom paraprofessional with ideas on how to work with individual students and small groups.
To join Share My Lesson, go to AFT's website at www.sharemylesson.com.