Here's What's Brewing Today
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Good Morning, WTU Members! I hope you enjoyed welcoming your students back to the classroom and experienced a wonderful first week of the 2023-23 school year!
In the past couple of weeks, WTU leadership and staff visited many schools including Savoy ES, Eaton ES, and Jackson Reed HS to drop off swag and welcome our new and returning members. We know the start of the school year can be a very busy and hectic time for all and want to remind everyone to take time out to prioritize your physical and mental well-being.
Thank you to the many members who sent in selfies and group photos wearing Red for Ed on Friday and holding a ticking clock! Keep those pictures coming as this week starts our countdown to a new signed contract by the September 30th deadline. Email photos to [email protected] and look for your picture on WTU’s website, or WTU’s Instagram, FaceBook or Twitter channels.
I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! On this day, it’s particularly important to celebrate the hard work and dedication of all workers. We value your work in schools to educate the children of the District of Columbia. And a special shoutout to those who work hard to protect the rights of all workers!
Jacqueline Pogue Lyons, President
Washington Teachers’ Union
Representative Assembly Meeting
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Monday Morning Brew
Weekly updates from the WTU are emailed out the first day of each work week to WTU members with a personal email on file and archived on our website. If new educators or other colleagues aren't receiving emails from us, please encourage them to send their personal email to [email protected] and ask to be added to our mailing lists to receive important updates from our Union.
Wearing red on Fridays is even more important during our Contract Campaign. Thank you for sending us your wonderful pictures! Please continue to wear red each Friday and post photos to your social media accounts. Don’t forget to share them with the WTU via [email protected] and look for your photo on WTU’s website, Instagram, FaceBook or Twitter channels.
We hope you will do the following this week:
Join the WTU Contract Action Team! Click here to complete the sign-up.
This Friday and every Friday moving forward, please wear red (preferably your WTU Red T-shirt), take a picture of yourself during your lunch break, and post it on social media. Send the WTU your picture via email to [email protected]
Take a picture with a clock and/or “30 hand sign” so that WTU can post it on our social media pages to remind DCPS, the mayor, and the community about our contract expiring. Here, here and here are posters you can use as inspiration, but feel free to get creative. Please send the pictures to [email protected] and reshare/retweet on your social media during your lunch break.
WTU's Contract Negotiating Team's Weekly Video Update
https://youtu.be/2H8KjUQUT6A or click photo below:
Support DC School Nurses
Sign a petition to support student health and nurse professionalism in DC schools!
We demand DC immediately reconsider this harmful cluster model. They must collaborate with DCNA representatives to build a solution-oriented approach that has a dedicated nurse per school. This is what our students deserve.
We ask you to join the fight to protect student health and nurses' working conditions. Let's uplift their voices and stand against this damaging cluster model that puts profit over people.
In the news
- The Washington Post – In DC, Test Scores improved but achievement gaps widened: Gaps in performance between White students and children of color have widened since 2022
- The Washington Informer - As Schools Reopen, Safety Dominates Conversation
- The Washington Post - Christian home-schooler Michael Farris made parental rights a GOP issue
- The Washington Post - Meet MacArthur High School, DC’s first new high school in 50 years
- The Washington Post – Biden Fights Back against GOP onslaught on Education - cautiously
- The Washington Post - President Biden visits Eliot-Hine Middle School in D.C. to mark new school year
AM Brew News and Notices are archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.
Interested in becoming a TEACHER LEADER?
Learn more by joining us Wednesday, September, 6th @ 6:30PM via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting; Meeting ID: 965 5416 8812; Passcode: 863015
Building Representatives Call with President Jacqueline Pogue-Lyons
September 7, 2023 @ 4:30PM via Zoom. Building representatives will be sent a link to join. If you don't receive it, please contact your Field Representative.
Ward Education Council Meetings
September 7 @ 6:30 - Ward 7 Register here.
September 12 @ 7 pm - Ward 3 Education Council Meeting
You can register for the meeting using this link.
Please consider volunteering or attending these great community events:
- H Street Festival, Saturday, September 16th, 11-5PM
- DCPS Back-to-School Block Party. Saturday, September 23rd, 2023, 11-2PM, McKinley Technology High School
Contact Mike Roland to volunteer or if your school is having a Back-to-School event that we should know about!
Be sure to follow the WTU on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up on the latest from your Union.