Retirees fire up for Election 2012
Determined to ensure that the progressive agenda of the Obama administration is not toppled by a "sharp turn to the right," retiree Tom Luvison spends most afternoons helping manage a phone bank at the Cleveland Teachers Union office. In addition to the usual issues that concern seniors—healthcare, Medicare, a decent retirement—Luvison wants to help preserve the middle class for his grandchildren. "We are at a crossroads," says Luvison. "Do we want the progressive agenda—which cares for the majority of people and advocates for social programs that promote the general welfare—to continue?"
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Chicago Teachers Union members
return to the classroom
The Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly Sept. 18 to suspend the union's strike following an extensive discussion of the proposed tentative agreement. In the coming weeks, the full CTU membership will vote on the tentative agreement negotiated between the CTU and Chicago Public Schools. The union went out on strike Sept. 10. (See earlier story.) "This agreement guarantees that Chicago teachers, paraprofessionals and clinicians will return to the classroom knowing that their schools and community are strengthened because their voices and experience have been respected," AFT president Randi Weingarten says. "And parents can send their kids to school knowing that their teachers fought for the resources children need to succeed, including having textbooks on time and investments in art, music, physical education and other subjects that expand and enrich children's minds."
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Share your best teaching tips and resources
to win up to $5,000
Share My Lesson, the online collection of teaching resources created by the AFT and TES Connect, has more than 255,000 free teaching materials for educators who register. Retired educators can share their best teaching tips and resources as well. If you register by Oct. 31, you will be entered into a drawing. The winner will have the choice of receiving $5,000 to be used to help pay off student loan debt (the winner's or the winner's child) or a $3,500 Visa cash card.
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Everything you want to know about Medicare
The AFT has a great way to learn about, or stay up-to-date on, virtually all topics related to Medicare. For years, the AFT has partnered with the Medicare Rights Center, an independent consumer group dedicated to helping people understand their Medicare benefits and options, and provide our retirees with the best guidance and resources available. You’ll find Medicare Interactive, a comprehensive, searchable guide to hundreds of real Medicare questions, and "Dear Marci," a bi-monthly e-newsletter full of timely Medicare tips and advice.
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Judge strikes down much of Wisconsin's anti-union law
A judge in Dane County, Wis., has struck down the main portions of Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting law, which stripped Wisconsin public employees of their right to collectively bargain. Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law violated both the state constitution and the U.S. Constitution by stripping employees' rights to free speech, association and equal protection. "As we have said from day one, Scott Walker's attempt to silence the union men and women of Wisconsin’s public sector was an immoral, unjust and illegal power grab," notes Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. The judge's decision covers municipal and county workers.
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