Delegates to Convention breezed through proposed constitution and bylaws amendments and resolutions in the Saturday general session. The following are a list of action approved in Saturday’s general session.
NOTE: SETTLEMENT WAS REACHED ON SUNDAY, APRIL 6, AFTER CONVENTION CONCLUDED.
Delegates unanimously approved a special order of business in support of full-time faculty at Portland State University, represented by AAUP, who gave their ten day notice to strike on Friday, April 4, 2014.
Jaime Rodriguez, longtime activist and member of Local 2277 (PCCFFAP) was appointed to fill the AFT-Oregon Vice-President for Political Action seat. Sarah Grider, Local 3922 (PCCFCE) stepped down last month from the position after resigning from her position at PCC to finish a bachelors degree through Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego. Rodriguez was the 2013 recipient of the AFT-Oregon John Connor Award for his tireless work on numerous election campaigns.
Ramon Ramirez, President of the Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United (PCUN) and CAUSA brought a message of the importance of community engagement and solidarity among unions.
AFT-Oregon welcomed Debra Mayo-Kelley as the new field representative in February. Mayo-Kelley brings a wealth of experience from her previous union leadership role and staff positions as field representative and organizing director.
At their 37th Annual Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel Conference in Orlando, PSRPs shared the many ways they go the extra mile, find the additional resource and push that little bit more to ensure that all public school students have safe and welcoming schools and that support staff get the respect they deserve for the work they do every day.
The AFT, the nation's largest union of higher education faculty and staff, launched its national effort to reclaim the promise of higher education during the annual AFT National Higher Education Issues Conference in Baltimore
In the cover story of the new issue of American Educator, Linda Darling-Hammond explains that what will most transform teaching quality—and the profession—is the creation of a larger system that focuses on a collective perspective by supporting teaching and learning through on-the-job evaluation and professional development.
Exempt employees who work at the four Seattle Community College campuses have voted to form their own union through a secret ballot process certified by the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission.
The AFT has been named "Nurse Champion of the Month" for March by the Center to Champion Nursing in America.