The Janus decision was announced on June 27. No court decision will weaken our members’ commitment to our union because we are #IFTstrong. The IFT Communications Department has put together a social media kit to help members respond to the Janus decision. The kit includes sample tweets and Facebook posts, a share graphic, a sign to print and use in a “Solidarity Selfie,” and IFT Truth Squad graphics that you can share on social media. Don’t forget the hashtag: #IFTstrong.
- Check out this short video of our members committed to their union!
ICYMI: the Illinois Legislature passed a minimum salary bill for teachers, and we hope the Governor signs it into law (but it’s not promising). It’s one step in a broader need to address the teacher shortage in Illinois. Check out this interview with IFT President Dan Montgomery talking about our support. Read more about it here.
Lawmakers in Illinois also passed a budget, but it included a provision that hurts teachers’ salaries and pensions. Read more here, and sign the petition to tell politicians that educators shouldn’t be punished for financial problems they didn’t cause.
To avoid the summer brain drain, AFT’s Share My Lesson has put together a collection of summer learning information and suggestions:
- The Case for Summer Learning: Why Supporting Students and Families All Year Is Vitally Important
- Effective Summer Programming: What Educators and Policymakers Should Know
- ShareMyLesson’s Summer Reading collection resources
- ShareMyLesson: Spark Self-Directed Summer Learning
Check out this video highlighting the grad student groups, including U Chicago’s GSU, who have recently found power through joining a union.
Grad students aren’t the only ones! A new report by the Chronicle of Higher Education confirms that adjunct teachers are better off with a union.
The Chicago Sun-Times is offering a special deal to union workers. For only $60/year or $5.50 per month, union members can get unlimited digital access, a daily e-paper (digital version of the day’s actual newspaper), and the Working 360 email newsletter. More information is available here.
Follow @iftaft and @aftunion for live tweets from AFT’s 2018 Convention.
Jennifer Hill | Communications Support Staff
Illinois Federation of Teachers
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