I would like to thank all of you for your get well wishes while I was recovering from major surgery. During my recovery, I had time to reflect on how we have a dependable union. This year is the 35th year AFT Local 4574 has represented support employees of the Oklahoma City Public Schools District. Our members have made considerable accomplishments over the years including rest breaks, fully paid health insurance, a sick leave sharing program, up to 5 days without loss of pay due to inclement weather, uniforms and shoes for SNS workers, class coverage pay, and annual raises.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
We are in an election cycle. Dates listed are tentative. Please contact our office to confirm a date: 405-528-2381.
What unions do
In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.
If you are a Paraprofessional and your building administrator requires you to cover a class, you are entitled to compensation for coverage regardless if the situtation is Title I funded. If the building principal or secretary at your site inform you that you cannot receive pay and you are an AFT member, call us immediately at 405-528-2381. If you are a potential member, sign up to Join the Union then call us.
ARTICLE VI, Section 11 clearly states 1-3 hours is $20.00 per day, 3-4.5 hours is $40.00 per day, and more than 4.5 hours is $60.00 per day.
As a result of retirements and separations from the district, our building rep numbers are at an all-time low. The real strength of any union is the site rep or building rep. Training will be provided. If you are a member and interested in becoming a building rep, please call the union hall at 405-528-2381.
Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.