Union Families: AFT & AFL-CIO scholarships available

AFTPA Members and their family members may apply for scholarships through two programs. AFT's Robert Porter Scholarship offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education. Porter Scholarship details here. Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Scholarship Essay Contest provides awares of $500-$2,000 to graduating high school seniors and post-secondary students. Learn more about PA AFL-CIO scholarships here.

Temple University adjunct professors to file for a union

Adjunct faculty at Temple University filed authorization cards on Dec. 17 with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board seeking union representation with the United Academics of Philadelphia, which is the AFT's Philadelphia-area local for adjunct faculty, and the Temple Association of University Professionals, which is the AFT-affiliated union for Temple's full-time tenure-track and nontenure-track faculty.

What a difference a union makes: the Wakisha story

Teachers, students and families of Wakisha Charter School were shocked and confused when the school’s board announced in November that the under-funded and under-enrolled school would close before winter break. While parents scrambled to find new schools for their children, one beacon of stability shone through the chaos: Wakisha’s teachers, unionized members of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, were protected by a union contract and supported by AFT Pennsylvania.