A Decade of Neglect

“A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath of the Great Recession” details for the first time the devastating impact on schools, classrooms and students when states choose to pursue an austerity agenda in the false belief that tax cuts will pay for themselves. The comprehensive report offers a deep dive into the long-term austerity agendas and historic disinvestment that sparked the wave of nationwide walkouts this spring.

2018 WSLC Resolution 19: Renewing the Call for Full Support of the Labor Community and Technical College System

Delegates at the Washington State Labor Council Convention passed a resolution renewing the call for full support of the community and technical college system. Washington State has established a goal of 70% of residents achieving a post-high school credential or degree which will, by necessity, require additional investment in the higher education system and the employees who support students. The two-year colleges have been underfunded for decades, and it is time to step up and invest in the  employees who teach, who keep the college safe and clean, and who provide student services.

After Janus, we’re in it to win it

In a decision that surprised no one, the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 ruled against working people and in favor of billionaires and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, holding that requiring fair-share fees in public sector workplaces violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Join Your Union

When we stand together, we have power in numbers. That power allows for us to bargain a good contract that includes decent pay, health care, retirement security, and better working conditions. It gives us a seat at the table with our employer to negotiate for things that improve our job and allow us to better serve our communities. Join your local AFT union today through this on-line application!

Graduate employees make history at Georgetown

For two years, graduate employees at Georgetown University have been organizing, persistently working toward official recognition as the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees. On April 2, the university finally agreed to allow them to vote on whether they want a union and promised that, if they win the vote, they’ll have dispute resolution, collective bargaining and other measures that will give them more of a voice on campus.