Applications are being accepted from AFT Pennsylvania members and their families for union scholarship programs, which award up to $8,000 to eligible students. The PA AFL-CIO and Union Plus scholarship program applications are due Jan. 31, 2017, and AFT's Robert G. Porter Scholarship applications are due March 31, 2017.
On Jan. 15, thousands of people, including great representation from AFT members, rallied in cities across the country to stand up against plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as well as efforts to privatize Medicare and Medicaid.
In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.
Teachers and staff at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf in Philadelphia ratified their first union contract unanimously Thursday after more than a year of negotiations.
As it gathers momentum, the movement to organize graduate assistants could well overturn old policies barring private college and university graduate workers from unionizing, and pave the way for guaranteed workers' rights in the future.