The 2023 Texas AFT Convention was held on June 23rd and 24th in McAllen, Texas. Alliance/AFT was well represented with 24 elected delegates attending. Alliance came away with 3 awards for achievements in the last biennium. Our goal is to grow our union and we were recognized for doing just that. Way to go Alliance members!
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Trustees and district administrators need to hear your stories! Join us as we stand in solidarity with those making presentations regarding our important RED Campaign.
Unions Celebrate Labor Day 2023
Red Alliance/AFT shirts filled the room at the 2023 Labor Day Breakfast hosted by the Dallas AFL-CIO Central Labor Council. Then the Dallas County Democratic Party hosted its annual Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September 4th. Alliance members attended and were able to meet many current officeholders as well as candidates seeking political offices. It was a great event! Former Dallas ISD teacher Chris Leal serves as the new Executive Director for the DCDP and was a great host for this successful event.
The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
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Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.