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Unions Come Together at AFL-CIO Convention

Unions Come Together at AFL-CIO Convention

AFSA President Diann Woodard was joined by Executive Vice President Ernest Logan, and Secretary-Treasurer Len Pugliese, in attending the 2017 AFL-CIO Convention in St. Louis, MO Oct. 22-25. This was a very important convention, where many issues, including Janus V. AFSCME, were deliberated. On the first day of the convention, the delegates unanimously re-elected Richard Trumka as President, Tefere Gebre [...]

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AFSA Steps In to Help Hurricane Victims

AFSA Steps In to Help Hurricane Victims

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria all packed a tremendous punch across a swath of our nation, from the Texas Gulf Coast through the lower Southeast and the territories of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Harvey left Houston underwater, nearly wiped out several Texas towns and displaced thousands of people. On its heels, Irma blew through Florida, Puerto Rico [...]

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AFSA Members Receive Award for Outstanding School Leadership

Education Secretary DeVos Announces Recipients of the 2017 Terrel H. Bell Awards for Outstanding School Leadership U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 2017 recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The eight principals from the 2017 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony on Nov. [...]

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AFL-CIO Elects Top Officers at 2017 Convention in St. Louis

AFL-CIO Elects Top Officers at 2017 Convention in St. Louis Trumka, Shuler, Gebre Unanimously Re-elected (St. Louis, Oct. 22) – Today, delegates to the AFL-CIO 28th Constitutional Convention in St. Louis elected Richard Trumka (UMWA) as president, Liz Shuler (IBEW) as secretary-treasurer and Tefere Gebre (UFCW) as executive vice president. In addition, delegates elected 55 vice presidents, who will serve as [...]

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Puerto Rico’s schools struggle to recover from hurricane destruction

By Mel Leonor, POLITICO Recovery remains out of reach for nearly all of Puerto Rico’s hurricane-battered public school system, which means many kids likely won’t resume their education for weeks to come. Almost all of Puerto Rico’s schools remain without electricity or running water, like most structures on the island, which President Donald Trump toured on Tuesday. Among 1,112 public schools, [...]

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October Is National Principals Month

October Is National Principals Month

The month of October 2017 will be recognized as National Principals Month thanks to a recent United States House of Representatives Resolution. The list of cosponsors included Congresswoman Susan Davis from California and Congressmen Raul Grijalva from Arizona. National Principals Month is your opportunity to say “thank you” to principals everywhere and to share with the community all the great [...]

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Union Plus Offers Help for Those Impacted by Hurricane Maria

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by Hurricane Maria, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program. In Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible participants of the  Union Plus Credit [...]

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Help the Victims of the 2017 Hurricanes

Help the Victims of the 2017 Hurricanes

The recent hurricanes of 2017 have left all territories in their paths in total devastation. Our members affected by the hurricanes in the islands of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have lost everything. They face months without power, destroyed homes and buildings. Our members in these areas are in desperate need of our help. Schools need generators and supplies [...]

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AFSA Joins Educators to Promote Math Literacy

AFSA Joins Educators to Promote Math Literacy

The Southern Initiative of the Algebra Project (SIAP) has been working for the last two decades on redefining how math is taught to children in public schools. This summer, AFSA had the opportunity to learn more about the innovative SIAP model to promote math literacy. President Diann Woodard and Florida Woods, AFSA Southern regional vice president and executive director of the [...]

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Union Plus Offers Help for Those Impacted by Hurricane Irma

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by Hurricane Irma, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program.1 Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible participants of one of the following programs: •    Union Plus Credit Card Program2 •    [...]

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