Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.

Legislation Update: March 2022

After another successful AFT Washington 2022 Lobby Day, we are 75% of the way through the 2022 Legislative Session! Many of our legislative priorities are still alive, which is excellent news. And if you haven't, sign the petition calling on the Legislature to make investments in education.

Sign these Petitions to Support Teachers and Students

Sign these peitions to ask state legislators to invest in our community and technical colleges and expand access to Public Student Loan Forgiveness!

 

Respect Students and Educators To Build A Better Future (Incl. Increasing Wages)

AFT Local 4254 Supports Teachers and Students at Lobby Day 2022

Members of the Edmonds College Federation of Teachers attended Lobby Day 2022 and spoke to legislators about legislation and budget items that will support teachers and students all over the state.  Union members Gabrielle McIntosh, Mary Whitfield, and Chuck Mueller spoke to aides for Rep. Tarra Simmons (LD 23) and Rep. Strom Peterson (LD 21) and also Sen. Marko Liias about the following topics: