AM Brew - May 31, 2022

Here's What's Brewing Today

Tuesday, May 31



WTU has reached a settlement with DCPS to resolve the group grievance filed by WTU on behalf of School Counselors who worked additional days without pay. The settlement agreement was signed by President Pogue Lyons last week. The affected counselors will receive a communication regarding the details of the settlement.


DC Primary Ballots Have Arrived -- Support WTU Endorsed Candidates!

We encourage WTU members to #VOTE and to get involved in supporting WTU Endorsed Candidates in the upcoming June Primary Elections.

For a list of endorsed candidates, click here.


Sick & Maternity Leave Banks Enrollment Open SOON

Open enrollment will occur from June 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022 and from August 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022. Contact Charmaine Wilks at 202 517-1475 or at [email protected] to enroll or with any questions.

If you miss the Open Enrollment dates, you will not be able to enroll in "the Banks" until the next Open Seasons in June 2023 and August 2023. This is strictly for the use of the Sick Leave and Maternity/Paternity Leave Banks and not the Dental/Vision enrollment.

Click here to submit your information to enroll: https://forms.gle/3fP8XwSiU8kYXjiW9



The WTU Election Committee has received the AFT's Response and while we vehemently disagree with their response, the WTU Election Committee will push forward to ensure that this election cycle experiences no further delays to the extent it is within our power to do so. All other contested matters related to this issue are placed squarely in the hands of individuals who may be directly impacted by this Executive Board action.

The Elections Committee is finalizing a new elections balloting timeline and we should have an agreed upon ballot timeline by mid-week. Please watch for updated news. 

Please expect to receive the Special Election Edition of the Washington Teacher in your mail soon as well as frequent reminders via robo calls to encourage your participation in the election. 


In case you missed it...

  • You can watch May 12th's Presidential Candidates Forum here.
  • You may access the rooms from May 17th's Meet and Greet by clicking on the links. Visit Pogue Lyons - Bell here, Unity here, and Independent Candidates here

*Please be advised that some recordings may not start from the beginning of the session. 


If you have any questions for the Elections Committee, please email us at [email protected] or leave a message at 202-505-3309. 


Building Elections

The building election packet were sent to Building Representatives, who are responsible for conducting building level elections, last week. Its contents can be found here. A full list of WTU local school leadership positions and their duties is available here.



We want to remind everyone that the CDC states, face masks help prevent the spread of Covid.


Please continue to report COVID related issues to the situation room - http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings
And any testing or reporting issues to OSSE (OSSE Online Complaint Form (dc.gov).


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


Professional Development

WTU’s 2022 Summer Institute

All WTU courses are peer-instructed and you can earn continuing education credits towards recertification.

Click here to see and register for summer courses: https://www.wtulocal6.net/summer_institute_2022


Upcoming Events

DCPS Hiring Fairs

The DCPS virtual hiring fairs aim to provide a one-stop shop for candidates to connect with schools around openings for next school while also learning more about other important processes and opportunities, such as joining the WTU.

  • Wednesday, June 1 (4-7pm)
  • Thursday, July 14 (4-7pm)


WTU Website Walkthroughs

  • Tuesday, May 31 at 6pm
  • Thursday, June 2 at 6pm

Via Zoom. Meeting ID: 810 8576 9556; Passcode: 395523

Partner events and other upcoming events of interest are also posted to the AMBrew Blog.



Report unsafe conditions at http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings

As part of the MOA, the WTU and DCPS teams will meet weekly to review and find solutions to any violations of the #ReopenStrong: School Building Readiness Checklist. If you see something out of compliance, please report it at http://bit.ly/WTUSafeOpenings. As you click on an area of the form, a drop-down box will appear to allow you to enter comments. Or simply complete the text box at the end of the form. All reports will remain confidential and no identifying information will be provided to DCPS.

WTU Memorandums of Agreement with DCPS.

MOA from August 2021

MOA from November 2021


ICYMI: DC Educator Wellness Center

In partnership with EVERFI, a social impact educational technology company, the WTU is pleased to share with you the DC Educator Wellness Center. The funding for the DC Educator Wellness Center is provided by Johnson & Johnson. In the DC Educator Wellness Center you will find access to a prevention-forward, self-guided, digital microlearning experience designed to provide you with on-demand content related to mental health. The growing list of topics includes Mental Health Basics, Managing Mental Health Challenges, Developing Resilience, Supporting Loved Ones With Mental Health Challenges, and Mindful Living. You can read more here.


We’re continuing to update our database.

Please help us ensure we have your current personal contact information on file. Email [email protected] to provide us with updated information.


Be sure to follow the WTU on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up on the latest from your Union.



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