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AM Brew - November 6, 2022

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, November 7, 2022

 

Contract negotiation update … The WTU and DCPS are still working out the details for arbitration. We will update the membership as soon as the details are available.

Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract

  1. Nov 17th – Day of Action - https://mobilize.us/s/Ht5jWD
  2. Town Hall – TBD

Thanks to all members who participated in the contract event at DCPS Central Office on Thursday. The mayor is watching, and it is important that she sees we’re united in our efforts to get a fair contract. Your voice matters!

Our next event is Thursday, November 17 at 3:30 or at the end of your tour of duty. We'd like all teachers to leave school together and march around your school or congregate in an area, take and tweet group pictures or email them to [email protected]. Wear your WTU t-shirt. Please encourage, parents, students and other community members to march with you in solidarity! Please participate - these actions make a difference. A flyer is available here.

Please click here to register, to let us know that you’ll be participating: https://mobilize.us/s/Ht5jWD

Contact your Building Rep or Field Representative for more information about on-going contract negotiations. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY ACTIVITY YOU PARTICIPATE IN TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY. DCPS is watching!

 

CSO / DCPS Contract

The contract the between CSO and DCPS, subject to Council approval, is available here: https://lims.dccouncil.gov/downloads/LIMS/51455/Introduction/PR24-0991-Introduction.pdf

 

WTU in the news

Washington Informer - Teacher Contract Negotiations at a Standstill

ABC - 'Worst I've seen it': DC teachers call on Bowser for contract as arbitration nears

National Right to Read

School Librarians KC Boyd, Christopher Stewart and Angela Faulkenburg went to Capitol Hill to promote the National Right to Read Bill introduced by Sent Jack Reed and Rep Raul Grijalva

 

Volunteer opportunity at the Air and Space Museum (see flyer)

We’ve piloting 45-60 minute Engineering & Design challenges starting in January and are actively recruiting volunteers to facilitate this programming. Here is a link to the volunteer position description (clicking on the link will cause you to make a copy of the Google Doc), and a link to apply for this opportunity. Applications are completed through our volunteer management software. Contact Laura Blanton if you have any questions  [email protected]

 

Vote – Election Day is Tuesday

Early voting has started. Please support for the WTU endorsed candidates.

City Council:

  • At-Large: Elissa Silverman
  • At-Large: Karim Marshall
  • Ward 1: Brianne Nadeau
  • Ward 3: Matthew Frumin
  • Ward 5: Zachary Parker
  • Ward 6: Charles Allen

DC State Board of Education: 

  • Ward 1: Ben Williams  
  • Ward 3: Michael Sriqui 
  • Ward 5: Robert Henderson 
  • Ward 6: Joshua Wiley  

Read more here. And watch for opportunities to volunteer for WTU endorsed candidates on Election Day!

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

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Washington Teachers’ Union’s Upcoming Actions Over Expired Contract; DCPS: Educators Urge: Settle the Contract

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AM Brew - October 31, 2022

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, October 31, 2022

 

Thank you to all who testified last Tuesday on teacher turnover! Now, more than ever we need you to – “Use Your Outside Voices” – to ensure the Council hears our demands!

Although we couldn’t capture everyone’s testimony, we captured more than 30 testimonies which are available WTU’s YouTube channel. I encourage you to watch my testimony where I discuss the results of a poll the WTU conducted on teacher retention where we report that more than 79% of teachers are not satisfied with current workplace conditions and 69% say they are more likely to leave in the next three years.

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to SIGN our petition to Mayor Bowser. Please share the petition, ask your family and friends! We plan to deliver this petition BEFORE the November Election and hope to have thousands of signatures. In addition, we hope you’ll call, email and tweet to the Mayor, demanding that she return to the bargaining table. And, of course, we hope you’ll join us at upcoming Contract Events.

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers' Union

             

Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract

Thanks to all members who participated in the contract rally at the Anacostia Metro. Your presence and voice at these rallies matter! We hope that you can join us in upcoming contract campaign events.

Contract Campaign action –

  1. Nov 3rdRally 4 pm at DCPS Central Office. 1200 1st Street, NE - https://mobilize.us/s/1aV3Tc
  2. Nov 17th – Day of Action - https://mobilize.us/s/Ht5jWD
  3. Town Hall – TBD

TELL THE MAYOR … Why we need a fair contract now

Sign and share our petition. 

Contact your Building Rep or Field Representative for more information about on-going contract negotiations. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY ACTIVITY YOU PARTICIPATE IN TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY. DCPS is watching!

 

An apple can’t pay the rent 

Between Covid and culture war bullshit, America’s teachers are burned out—but DC Public School teachers rallied at the Anacostia Metro stop to change that. DCPS teachers haven’t had a contract for three years, and many feel underpaid and overworked—and some haven’t been receiving their paychecks at all—in the midst of a teacher shortage that’s really not a shortage at all.

While teachers wait on Mayor Bowser’s response, they’ve got a petition residents can sign to help get a fair contract.

WTU in the news

 

2022 National Association of State Boards of Education, "Policy Leader of the Year Award."

Ms. K.C. Boyd recently received the 2022 Policy Leader of the Year Award from the National Association of State Boards of Education in Phoenix, Arizona.  This award highlights the contributions individuals make to policy changes in U.S. education. Nominated by the DC State Board of Education, Boyd is the first school librarian in the country to receive this award.
Boyd is pictured with members of the DC State Board of Education and Alexander Sullivan, former DCPS student and the first recipient of the Student Board Member Award. Read more here.

 

CONTRACT CORNER

Article 23.3 in our CBA states you MUST sign in and out every day. The timesheet is what the timekeeper uses to input the hours you worked.

23.3 Signing In and Out

23.3.1 Teachers shall, immediately upon their arrival, record in the main office of their school the time of their arrival, and shall report to their classroom or place duty at least thirty-five (35) minutes prior to the start of the official school day for students.

23.3.2 Teachers shall record in the main office of their School the time of their departure at the end of the school day.

23.3.3 Itinerant Teachers shall record the time of their arrival and departure in the main office of each of their assigned Schools.

23.3.4 Teachers shall not be required to use time clocks.
 

Vote

Early voting has started. Please support for the WTU endorsed candidates.

City Council:

  • At-Large: Elissa Silverman
  • At-Large: Karim Marshall
  • Ward 1: Brianne Nadeau
  • Ward 3: Matthew Frumin
  • Ward 5: Zachary Parker
  • Ward 6: Charles Allen

DC State Board of Education: 

  • Ward 1: Ben Williams  
  • Ward 3: Michael Sriqui 
  • Ward 5: Robert Henderson 
  • Ward 6: Joshua Wiley  

Read more here. And watch for opportunities to help Get Out The Vote for WTU endorsed candidates!

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

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FOX News: DC Public School teachers report issues getting paid

Fox News reported on the missing pay issues affecting DCPS teachers. Dozens of teachers are missing thousands of dollars, some since the summertime. Paychecks are coming up short as much as $1000 a month. WTU's President Jacqueline Pogue-Lyons emphasized how when things like this happen, teachers feel disrespected. Given the lack of a contract in three years, it is hard to expect teachers to be patient with these issues. 

Watch the full story here!

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RALLY tomorrow! March for a NEW Contract - Thursday, Oct. 27 - 7AM

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DC NEWS NOW: District tries to find ways to retain teachers, as teachers' union waits for new contract to be finalized

WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) President Jacqueline Lyons said that she is worried that DCPS isn’t keeping enough teachers in their classrooms.

“We’ve done our own research… of the 629 that we surveyed, 69 percent said that they’ve considered leaving,” Lyons said. “I was a teacher in Ward 8 for many years, they just don’t feel like they get the support they need.” 

 

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The DC Council takes on Teacher Retention as new survey finds most DC teachers are unhappy


DC Teachers' Union President Jacqueline Pogue Lyons says the school system loses between 1/4 andDC Teacher in Classroom 1/3 of teachers every year.

She tells me a recent union survey shows most DC teachers are not happy with their jobs.

"Everyone says they love the teachers, they appreciate their work, but when it comes time to show it, they feel like it's just words and not actions," she said.

DC Teacher in ClassroomAmong the survey findings: most DCPS teachers are not satisfied with current conditions.

More than half believe DCPS has not treated teachers with respect, negotiated honestly, or made fair contract offers.


 

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Washington Post's Coverage on WTU Survey of DC Teacher Morale

On Tuesday, October 25th, the Washington Post aired the results of a WTU survey of more than 600 teachers. Nearly half said they will likely leave their jobs in the next few years. Four out of five are unhappy in their jobs. As frustrations about the contract or lack thereof rise, teachers cite lack of a raise, rising inflation, increased workloads and teacher turnover as their main concerns. 

“Teachers’ dissatisfaction with their working conditions affects children’s learning conditions,” said Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, the union’s president, in a statement. “Teachers are stressed, overwhelmed and upset that they don’t get the support and compensation they need to do their jobs as well as they’d like to. As a result, more and more folks are leaving these jobs, and we have more vacancies than we can fill.”

The survey, which was conducted between Sept. 21-26 paints a grim picture of the city’s public school workforce. Teachers expressed concerns over a lack of support from principals, insufficient planning time and class sizes.

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AM Brew - October 24, 2022

Here's What's Brewing Today

Monday, October 24, 2022

 

             

Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract

ICYMI:

In August, the Public Employee Relations Board (PERB) determined that the WTU and DCPS were at impasse in contract negotiations and referred the case to mediation. I am disappointed to inform you that mediation with DCPS was not successful. We will now move to interest arbitration. 

Although this is disheartening news, we will continue to press forward. The WTU will never compromise your interests or those of the students we serve. Teachers deserve a fair contract that will protect your rights and ensure you receive fair wages and benefits as inflation and the costs of living in our nation’s capital continue to rise.

I hope you will continue to stand with the WTU as we demand a Fair Contract. Please watch for updates on upcoming contract events in the weekly Morning Brew.

We will continue to keep you informed. If you have any questions, please reach to your Field Representatives.

 

Upcoming Events…

Rally at Anacostia Metro on Thursday Oct 27, 7 am.

If you are not able to attend the rally, please wear red as a sign of solidarity, take pictures, and tweet them or send to your Field Rep.

 

TELL THE MAYOR … Why we need a fair contract now

Sign and share our petition. 

 

Contact your Building Rep or Field Representative for more information.

PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY ACTIVITY YOU PARTICIPATE IN TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY. DCPS is watching!

 

Members in the news …

Librarians want a permanent spot in DC Public Schools

 

Tell the Council to move forward the “Student Right to Read Amendment Act of 2021.”

Tweet to @ChmnMendelson asking him to hold a vote on the legislation.

Sign their petition: https://www.saveschoollibrarians.org/dcschoollibrarian

 

Council Hearing on Teacher Turnover

The DC Council wants to hear your Teacher Voice! – October 25 at 1PM

We hope that we’ll see many of you speaking to the Council tomorrow. But, if you can’t make it (we know you’re all teaching), we hope you’ll at least consider tweeting to @ChmnMendelson letting him know that Teachers need a #FairContract and that the Council must take action to improve working conditions and pay for DC educators!

 

Are you a WTU Member?

Check your pay stub on Peoplesoft to see if you are a member of the WTU.

 

Member benefits

include access to 1000s of lesson plans at Share My Lesson

 

AFT Student Debt clinics

Deadline to apply for student loan forgiveness is October 31st

AFT will continue to host a student debt clinic webinar Thursday evenings. Register at https://cvent.me/17XZka Webinar will include information about how to enroll in the free AFT Summer student loan member benefit. Additional information can be found at www.forgivemystudentdebt.org – this website contains all of the information on how to access PSLF in an easily digestible and understandable format.


STUDENT DEBT CLINIC RESOURCE GUIDE

After attending a Student Debt Clinic, we want to make sure you’ve got all the tools and information you need to take the next steps to start reducing how much you pay every month and get on a path towards a debt-free future! See attached for more information.

 

Pay

Please contact your field rep if you are having any problems getting paid.

 

#Vote

Early voting has started. Please support for the WTU endorsed candidates.

City Council

  • At-Large: Elissa Silverman
  • At-Large: Karim Marshall
  • Ward 1: Brianne Nadeau
  • Ward 3: Matthew Frumin
  • Ward 5: Zachary Parker
  • Ward 6: Charles Allen

DC State Board of Education 

  • Ward 1: Ben Williams  
  • Ward 3: Michael Sriqui 
  • Ward 5: Robert Henderson 
  • Ward 6: Joshua Wiley  

Read more here. And watch for opportunities to help Get Out The Vote for WTU endorsed candidates!

 

#RedforEd

Please wear red each Friday and post photos to social media. Please tag us @WTUTeacher

 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

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New Fall Classes Starting Saturday, Oct. 22nd!

 

How we can build safe spaces in our classrooms to help our scholars be more expressive and feel welcomed? Join us this coming Saturday, October 22 to learn from each other as we chat about strategies, we can utilize in our classes for the 2022-2023 school year! Register online here!

 

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AM Brew - October 17, 2022

Here's What's Brewing Today

Tuesday, October 17, 2022

 

                                                               

Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract

Many thanks to the teachers, parents and public who came out to support our need for a new Teachers Contract at the Teachers Voice Festival on Saturday. We hope you have a moment to view this short clip from our supporters!

And check out this great coverage of teachers advocating for a new contract as well:

 

Save the Date:

  • Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 7:00 am - March for the Washington D.C. Teachers Contract at the Anacostia Metro Station

 

TELL THE MAYOR … Why we need a fair contract now

Sign and share our petition. 

Contact your Building Rep or Field Representative for more information. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT ANY ACTIVITY YOU PARTICIPATE IN TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE YOUR TOUR OF DUTY. DCPS is watching!

 

Student Debt Clinic

Debt clinic at Ballou High School on October 20thClick here for more details and to register!

Virtual Student Debt Clinic

AFT will continue to host a student debt clinic webinar Thursday evenings. Register at https://cvent.me/17XZka Webinar will include information about how to enroll in the free AFT Summer student loan member benefit. Additional information can be found at www.forgivemystudentdebt.org – this website contains all of the information on how to access PSLF in an easily digestible and understandable format.

STUDENT DEBT CLINIC RESOURCE GUIDE

After attending a Student Debt Clinic, we want to make sure you’ve got all the tools and information you need to take the next steps to start reducing how much you pay every month and get on a path towards a debt-free future! See attached for more information.

#RedforEd

Please wear red each Friday and post photos to social media. Please tag us @WTUTeacher

 


Member Emails

The AM Brew is distributed as a benefit to members of the WTU. In the coming weeks, we’ll be updating our database removing non-members from the distribution for the AM Brew, as well as other important Member –Only emails.

To ensure that you’re not inadvertently removed from the distribution list, please update your member information by clicking here.


 

AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.

 

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WTU on Fatal Shooting of a 15-year-old Young Man

 

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