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PSRP conference goers take time to engage with the community, reclaim the promise

At their 37th Annual Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel Conference in Orlando, PSRPs shared the many ways they go the extra mile, find the additional resource and push that little bit more to ensure that all public school students have safe and welcoming schools and that support staff get the respect they deserve for the work they do every day.

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New Union Members at Seattle Community Colleges

Mar. 20, 2014 | Washington News Service | Chris Thomas, Producer

SEATTLE – Seattle Community College has become the fourth community or technical college in the state where employees in a variety of administrative roles have decided to bargain collectively for their wages and benefits. They'll be part of AFT Washington, after a vote last week to form a union. [more]

Staff at Seattle Community College vote for union

Exempt employees who work at the four Seattle Community College campuses have voted to form their own union through a secret ballot process certified by the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission.

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Weingarten, Sen. Warren help launch 'Higher Ed, Not Debt'

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke at the Washington, D.C., launch of "Higher Ed, Not Debt," a new multiyear campaign advocating for affordable access to higher education for all, without the burden of debt or financial hardship.

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Legislature Should Let Community College Faculty Manage Their Own Affairs

Feb. 21, 2014 | Crosscut.com | Guest Opinion by Karen Strickland and Michael Boggess

If you or someone you know has taken a class at one of Washington's community and technical colleges, there is a 50-50 change that the instructor was a part-time faculty member. For decades, higher education institutions across the country have increasingly hired part-time, adjunct or contingent faculty to reach, primarily because of shrinking state funding. [full article]

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