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Obama, Weingarten in new push for free community college

President Obama announced that his America's College Promise proposal, a guarantee of two years of free community college for any qualified student, is now backed by a new College Promise campaign and an advisory board of 32 education advocates—including AFT President Randi Weingarten.

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On Labor Day, we honor all of our members

Our union is our members, and on this Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be prouder of the 1.6 million hardworking nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and public employees who work day in and day out to teach our kids, keep our families healthy and improve our communities, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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Member activism keeps hundreds of PSRPs on the job

Faced with the threat of widespread layoffs of PSRPs, members of the Jefferson County AFT in Alabama responded by coming up with a plan that not only preserved the jobs of all the workers, but also laid the groundwork for well-earned raises.

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Six steps to debt-free college

The number of debt-free college plans beginning to circulate can be confusing, but the core message is simple: Higher education should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and without the cost of crippling debt.

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Last-Minute State Budget Fireworks Continue

July 2, 2015 | Washington News Service | Chris Thomas, Producer

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gov. Jay Inslee calls the operating budget he signed into law this week "forward-thinking, responsible and fair."

Most Washingtonians would add, '...and a long time coming,' after multiple special sessions and votes that aren't quite over.

Bernal Baca is the government affairs director for American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington, the union that represents some faculty members and support staff in public schools and colleges. He says late Tuesday night, the feeling of relief in Olympia was palpable. [read full article]

Court decision threatens America's working families

The leaders of five major unions issued a statement expressing their disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that challenges fees non-union members pay.

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Seattle Times | Green River College, faculty union deadlocked over potential cuts

June 22, 2015 | Katherine Long, Seattle Times Higher Education Reporter 

Classes have ended for the academic year at Green River College in Auburn, but there's no end in sight to a dispute between the faculty union and the college’s administration, which have been at odds over a contract for more than a year. [read full article]

Sen. Warren charts bold path to college affordability

In an event at the AFT, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) reached beyond recent calls for student loan forgiveness and free community college to urge the nation not just toward lower or more manageable debt, but toward an entirely debt-free education.

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The News Tribune | Tax Millions of Average Families or the Richest 32,000?

I didn’t want to write this.

I wanted someone else to instead – someone who is wealthy and would actually pay a capital gains tax.

So I went through my contacts and called 10 or so friends and acquaintances who I thought made enough income from investments that the capital gains tax would apply to them.

Because it’s the most important conversation happening in Olympia right now, as the Senate Republicans, House Democrats and Gov. Jay Inslee negotiate a state budget that funds public schools. Should we raise taxes on average people or ask a wealthy 0.4 percent of Washingtonians to pay their fair share for our schools? [read full article]

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