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May 21, Election Day was Kate Gonsalves’ last day as Political Action Organizer for AFT-Oregon. Gonsalves was hired by AFT-Oregon in 2011 after doing political field work and lobbying for AFT Local 6732, Oregon School Employees Association.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten writes about the promise—and the possible pitfalls—of the new Common Core State Standards. If implemented properly—namely, by ensuring that frontline educators are prepared to teach these rigorous new standards—we can provide all children with the problem-solving, critical-thinking and teamwork skills they need to compete in today’s changing world. If not, they will end up in the dustbin of abandoned reforms. Read her full column.
Joel Lupro, a Local 3922 (PCCFCE) member who works as a property control assistant at PCC Rock Creek, was one of many members who stepped up to the microphone at a May town hall to ask legislators about finding stable revenue options to fund our schools and community colleges.
|"AFT is now in the strong position that the UAW once was and we have to be the leaders in labor organizing," President Rives told delegates.|
Governor Kitzhaber signed the Tuition Equity bill into law. AFT-Oregon President David Rives praised the new law and members' role in its passage.
The leaders of two labor organizations representing healthcare professionals announced on Feb. 14 that they have approved an affiliation agreement that will bring 34,000 registered nurses into the AFT, the largest union of professionals in the AFL-CIO.