AM Brew - Jan 2, 2024

A Message from WTU President

Good Morning WTU Members,

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing winter break with family and friends! This year, I want to share my New Year’s resolution for the WTU. I resolve to find new ways to support WTU members and hold DCPS accountable when they do not treat us like valued professionals. We deserve better than an expired contract. We deserve the financial security of knowing we will be paid on time for the important work we do every day in educating our nation’s children. No WTU member should go to work worrying whether they will be fairly compensated for each day they work without a contract. Next week will mark the 100th day without a contract. We need your help! We were able to get a contract last fall because all members came out to support our actions. We were loud and proud.

As the Contract Action Team releases new contract events, we need members to show DCPS we mean business! Start now by taking a few moments to sign WTU’s petition here! We should never settle for less than what other professionals view as normal. As you know, in a dismaying show of disrespect, not one District of Columbia Public Schools official, including Chancellor Lewis Ferebee, showed up at the first bargaining session for the Washington Teachers’ Union contract. As Chancellor Ferebee tweeted recently “showing up is more than half the battle.” We couldn’t agree more! We need the Chancellor and DCPS to come to the negotiating table.

We deserve better! As part of my resolution, we plan to launch a once-a-week email called “Brew To-Go.” It will feature the top questions we get from members each week along with answers. We hope it will deliver specific answers to questions foremost on the minds of members.

Thank you, as always, for your support! May you have a safe, peaceful, and productive New Year!

In solidarity,

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President

Washington Teachers’ Union


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