In the last legislative session, it was union members who worked to ensure high priority bills made it to the Governor’s desk and were signed like the Grow Your Own Teachers Act – creating a pathway and providing scholarships to educational assistants to become licensed teachers.
Thank you Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero!
In the last legislative session, it was union members who succeeded in equalizing the probationary time of classified educational employees to that of other public sector employees because employers should invest in and commit to workers who are invested in and committed to their jobs.
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.
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.
AEAA has launched a 2010 Petition Drive to Raise Revenues. This weblink provides a PDF file petition download, as well as where state lawmakers can find the money to provide an education for New Mexico's K-12 school children, as well as college and university students. Included is information about THREE POINT PLAN: A Permanent Fix for Budget Cuts.