AM Brew - October 30, 2023

A Message from WTU President 


Good Morning WTU Members,

I hope everyone had an opportunity to enjoy the warm and sunny weather this weekend. Thank you to the WTU members who joined us to pass out a free book of choice and Halloween treats to children this past Friday during Hill-o-ween at Eastern Market. Many of the event participants commented that our table was the best one! Hill-o-ween gave WTU another opportunity to pass out our petition on Safe Schools. The community showed their support by signing our petition, but we still need WTU members to sign! If you haven’t yet, please visit the URL and forward it to friends via your social media accounts.

On Thursday evening, we were pleased to welcome Phil Mendelson, Chairman of the DC City Council to WTU’s Contract Bargaining Team meeting! The Chairman listened to concerns expressed by teachers on DCPS’ long delay in coming to the bargaining table and responding to our contract proposals. We also had an opportunity to discuss with him our proposed MOAs on safety, violence, diversity in schools, the environment, and climate. The WTU is very grateful that Chairman Mendelson took time to meet with the bargaining team. To learn more, please click photo to watch the Contract Negotiating Team’s video.


WTU’s Contract Action Teams’ next outreach event will be Ward 7 TRUNK OR TREAT tomorrow, October 31st from 6-8PM @ Benning Rd & Oklahoma Ave, NE RFK Lot 6, Enter on Oklahoma Ave NE. Please contact [email protected] to volunteer!

We wish everyone a festive and safe Halloween with your students, friends, and families!  

In solidarity, 

Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President
Washington Teachers’ Union 


Weekly Update - WTU’s Contract Action Team

Pass out our Safe Schools Petition, Halloween treats, and one free book of choice to children at the Ward 7th Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, October 31st, 6-8PM @ Benning Rd & Oklahoma Ave, NE RFK Lot 6, Enter on Oklahoma Ave NE.


In the News



Events, Activities & Meetings   

  • October 30: DC Council Public Safety Hearing – Violence Reduction Programs: INFORMATION
  • October 31: Trunk or Treat @ Benning Rd & Oklahoma Ave, NE RFK Lot 66-8PM: INFORMATION
  • November 14: DCPS Public Budget Hearing (School Yr. 24-25) online @6PM: INFORMATION
  • November 15: “The Right to Read” (Hybrid screening In-person & Virtual): INFORMATION
  • November 21: DC Council Hearing on Educator Retention and Loan Repayment Assistance: INFORMATION
  • November 28: DC Council - Oversight Hearing  Teacher and Principal Retention: INFORMATION
  • December 15: WTU’s Holiday Party, MLK Library Rooftop Terrace


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