The IFT Communications Department has put together a social media kit to help members respond to the upcoming Janus v. AFSCME 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.

 

More on Janus: this exposé in The Guardian reveals that a network of radical rightwing thinktanks are behind a national drive to destroy public sector unions.

 

IFT President Dan Montgomery suggests solutions to Illinois’ teacher shortage in this op-ed that ran in the State Journal-Register.

 

For the first time in years, the legislative session ended on the scheduled May 31 date. Read about FY19 budget news and share with other members.

 

The IFT PAC process begins soon, with regional meetings beginning on June 6. Plan to participate! More information is available on the IFT website.

 

Illinois finally passed the Equal Rights Amendment, which IFT has long supported.

 

A recent survey of educators conducted by Educators for Excellence, a group not historically pro-union, found that 85% of teachers think unions are essential or important. Read more here.

 

June is Pride Month, so Share My Lesson has assembled a collection of lessons, activities, and resources to help educators support LGBTQ families in your school and community.

 

Students can experience summer learning loss, but the AFT has provided some tools and tips to support students and their families during the summer break.

 

AFT Convention is July 13-16. Are you or your members attending? Get ready to share your experiences and pictures with @iftaft on social media next month.

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