Time magazine’s ‘Heroes of the Front Lines” features local union food service workers

Alliance-AFT member Yolanda Fisher with makes the cover of Time for her team’s work providing meals to Dallas ISD students.

“I’m still going to work because we’re still feeding the kids—it’s not just kids that attend my school, it’s any child that stayed in Dallas and they need a meal. And if a family is really in need, we give the adults a meal as well. When it first started we would come in from 6:30 in the morning until 5 in the evening, working weekends and stuff, but now it’s leveling off. I’m loving it because I miss [the kids’] faces. You miss hearing their noise. We are feeding our community, and I love that.”  

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Check out the information and links below to answer questions, meet some of your needs for online learnng, and keep up with what is happening.

The following links come from TEA via Texas AFT:

  • TEA launched a website to use during the crisis

https://texashomelearning.org/

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Our office is currently closed and will remain closed indefinitely.  You are our highest priority! Our staff is working remotely from their home in order to continue meeting your needs as best we can.  

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District Emergency Leave Creates Hardship for Some

Some of our members are finding it difficult to make ends meet with the lack of overtime they’re used to receiving. Alliance advocated on behalf of our members to the district and they agreed to provide a letter to anyone applying for assistance needing documentation.

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AFT members dive into candidate endorsement process

As the presidential elections inch closer and the field of candidates gets more and more competitive, AFT members are engaging, parsing campaign platforms, asking questions of the candidates, and voicing their priorities as educators, healthcare practitioners and public employees. Thus far, the AFT has hosted eight AFT Votes town halls in eight different locations across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates in person and hear about their stands on education, working families, healthcare and other top-line issues. Also part of the AFT’s robust endorsement process: surveys, debate parties and lots of information on AFTVotes.org.

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Weingarten: Educators must save democracy

“Teachers have always had power,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told the crowd at the TEACH opening plenary Thursday afternoon. “We need to own our power. And we need to build our power so we can move our agenda—for our students and our families; for safe, welcoming and well-funded public schools; for affordable higher education; healthcare that is a right, not a privilege; a living wage; a decent retirement; a healthy climate and a strong democracy.”

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