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Trump fails a crucial test

In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about Donald Trump's education policies amd how they would devastate our public education system.

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Graduate assistants at private universities can unionize

In a decision that could reshape working and learning conditions for thousands of college workers and their students, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that graduate assistants have the right to unionize, even at private colleges.

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ESSA regulations need improvement, AFT tells Ed Department

The AFT weighed in on proposed federal regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act this month, highlighting areas where the Department of Education must rework its draft in order to give schools a real shot at moving away from the current burdens of test-and-punish reform.

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Coalition of Four School Workers Unions Reach Agreement with Portland Public Schools to Provide Free Lead Testing to All Workers

District Also Promises Increased Transparency and Communication
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 24, 2016
 
Contact: 
Andrew Gorry, andrewg@aft-oregon.org, 971-888-5665
Belinda Reagan, belinda@pfsp111.org, 503-236-3497
 
PORTLAND, OR—On Tuesday, June 21, the Portland School Board approved a budget for 2016-2017 that includes up to $250,000 to make free lead testing available to any Portland Public School (PPS) school worker who requests it.
 
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National unions offer support for Orlando community

The AFT, the Florida Education Association, the National Education Association, the Service Employees International Union, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are working together to provide support and resources to the Orlando community in the wake of June 12's horrific shooting.

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Portland Public Schools Classified Workers Union States “Crisis of Confidence”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 3, 2016
 
Contact:
Andrew Gorry, andrewg@aft-oregon.org, 971-888-5665
Belinda Reagan, belinda@pfsp111.org, 503-236-3497
 
PORTLAND, OR—Today, in response to the escalating lead exposure crisis and new reports of radon exposure at Portland Public Schools, Belinda Reagan, the president of Portland Federation of School Professionals (PFSP), Local 111, AFT-Oregon, AFL-CIO, issued a statement expressing a lack of faith in PPS leadership.
 
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AFT-Oregon Endorses Kate Brown for Oregon's Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 23, 2016
 
Contact: Andrew Gorry / 971-888-5665 / andrewg@aft-oregon.org
 
PORTLAND, OR—AFT-Oregon today announced that they have endorsed Governor Kate Brown in the 2016 gubernatorial race.
 
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