It's getting close to summer and once again our members are faced with filing for unemployment benefits. For contingent faculty, it's not always easy. Here are some key points about applying from Wendy Rader-Konofalski, WEA Lobbyist, at a workshop she presented for AFT Washington members last year. If you have any questions, contact Richard Burton, AFT Washington Internal Organizer, who staffs the Contingent Faculty Issues Committee.
Mythopedia, a project of Media Matters for America, was created as a website to debunk the most common myths and lies on anything from elections to environment to national security to right-to-work laws. For example: Workers in states without right-to-work laws are forced to unionize is not true. Fact: forced union membership is banned by federal law. Check out their website at: http://mythopedia.mediamatters.org/.
Employee information is essential to your ability to effectively represent the bargaining unit members of your local, but unfortunately, many locals have no information, partial information or disorganized information. Having this information at your fingertips also means that communications about union meetings, events and opportunities will be easy to provide and that outreach to bargaining unit members who haven’t yet joined the union can occur on a regular basis.
Affordable Care Act Information
Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires large employers to offer insurance coverage to their full-time employees, defined as one who is employed on average at least 30 hours per week. AFT has been following the ACA closely and has developed a website that may be helpful for you as you have questions about coverage. This information can also be useful for bargaining.
Looking for classes on organizing or shop steward training? Want to find out about labor history in our state? How about checking out a labor video for your next member meeting? You can find all of this and much more through the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at http://georgetown.southseattle.edu/LERC/ which is located at the Georgetown Campus branch of South Seattle Community College.
The most-up-to-date local bargaining agreements can be found here. The contract years which are covered are specified with each.
Still to come, K-12 classified contracts.
LAWCHA is an organization of scholars, teachers, students, labor educators, and activists who seek to promote public and scholarly awareness of labor and working-class history through research, writing, and organizing. Visit their website at http://lawcha.org/wordpress/ where you can find labor history news, events, actions, and more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Sylvia can help get your site set up and even provide hands-on training.