Subject: Inside AFT--July 3
AFT convention to focus on Reclaiming the PromiseThe AFT convention, set for July 11-14 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will focus on fighting back and fighting forward on key domestic issues to reclaim the promise of America, including the Common Core State Standards, due process and tenure for educators, and investing public pension dollars for much-needed infrastructure projects. The more than 3,500 convention delegates will discuss and vote on numerous resolutions, such as ensuring accountability for equity and excellence in public education; delinking Common Core implementation from the consequences of high-stakes assessments; maintaining due process and tenure; creating a healthcare system that puts patient care above profits; and ending the reliance on a contingent academic labor system in higher education. AFT President Randi Weingarten will give the keynote address on July 11, and a number of lawmakers, policymakers and political candidates also will speak.
'Harris' decision is bad for working families
While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the importance of collective bargaining and unions to families and communities in its June 30 ruling in Harris v. Quinn, AFT President Randi Weingarten says, working people, who have aspired to the middle class and tried to make a better life for their families, have taken it on the chin for years. "Stagnating wages, loss of pensions and lack of upward mobility have defined the economic distress they have experienced. This decision makes it worse," she says. "The Roberts court has consistently ruled in favor of corporate interests, while diminishing the rights of labor. This court has built a record of weakening the rights of both voters and working families; no one should be surprised by this decision."
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Supreme Court decision is setback for women's rightsWith its June 30 decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, the U.S. Supreme Court majority showed that it better represents the interests of the Chamber of Commerce than it does the values and aspirations of working Americans, AFT President Randi Weingarten says. "Workers' rights should not depend on whether their employer—while buying and selling to everyone regardless of religion—wants to limit their reproductive rights based on privately held religious beliefs," she says. "That this decision, which disproportionately affects women, coincides with the Harris v. Quinn decision, which limits rights of home healthcare workers in Illinois—the vast majority of whom are women—is a throwback to another age. Working families, especially working women, have lost here."
Apply now for Prize for Solution-Driven UnionismThe AFT, in partnership with the Albert Shanker Institute and the AFT Innovation Fund, is accepting applications for the second annual $25,000 Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism. The prize honors the most innovative, inspiring examples of collaborative work by our state and local affiliates and aims to encourage more of this cutting-edge thinking. Solution-driven unionism is grounded in solving problems, not just winning arguments. It's about fighting for something that will help our members and the people we serve, not just about fighting against something. This is who we are—and we want to honor the best solution-driven ideas. Affiliates from every AFT constituency are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15.
Where & When
AFT president Randi Weingarten will participate in a teacher equity roundtable discussion with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President Wade Henderson, and a number of principals and teachers on July 7 in Washington, D.C. From July 9-14, she will be in Los Angeles to chair the AFT executive council meeting and the 2014 AFT convention, and attend a number of convention-related events. AFT secretary-treasurer Lorretta Johnson will attend the AFT executive committee and executive council meetings, the 2014 AFT convention and convention-related events July 9-14 in Los Angeles. AFT executive vice president Francine Lawrence will attend the AFT executive committee and executive council meetings, the AFT 2014 convention and convention-related events July 11-14 in Los Angeles. July 3, 2014
In this issue:
Why we need due process
In a new column in U.S. News & World Report, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about why teachers need due process. Read the full column and show your support for due process rights by casting an "up" vote for the column online.
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