York CTE support staff wins 5-year deal

York Vocational Technical Support Staff has ratified a five-year contract that provides for annual raises, increased longevity pay and a small deductible increase in the 2020-21 school year.

Early childhood support requires adequate staffing

Some of education’s biggest problems come with its littlest students. At a working breakfast for paraprofessionals in prekindergarten, early childhood and Head Start, members swapped strategies for solving problems. Their discussion came during the AFT PSRP conference last week in Las Vegas, where paras from all over the country zeroed in on professional development and adequate classroom coverage.

Scranton teachers fight for fair fundiing

After years of declining state funding, waste and corruption, the Scranton School District has been made a "recovery district" by the state. With a recovery plan due in May, there's talk of closing schools in the financially struggling, impoverished district. But members of the Scranton Federation of Teachers have joined with community leaders to demand adequate and fair funding. Read more and sign a petition here.

Pittsburgh grapples with food insecurity

Food insecurity is the state of being unable to obtain a sufficient amount of healthy food on the daily basis. Nationally, 12.9 percent of the population are food insecure. In Pennsylvania 12.5 percent of the population fits the category, but in the City of Pittsburgh an alarming 21 percent of residents are food insecure.

 

UPDATED: Bills we are watching

Every year, state legislators propose more than 2,000 pieces of legislation. A fraction of those bills become laws. AFTPA's legislative director watches bills that have the potential to affect our members. The bill chart provides links to bills AFTPA is watching, the name of the prime sponsor, a brief description and AFTPA's position. The chart is updated regularly. Click here to view or download AFTPA's Legislation Tracker.

Solidarity wins! CCP faculty, staff OK contracts

Congratulations to the amazing Faculty and Staff Federation of Community College of Philadelphia, Local 2026, which reached tentative agreements on three contracts Wednesday night, averting a strike that could have disrupted learning forf 27,000 students. Solidarity wins!