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Retirees fire up for Election 2012

CTU retiree Tom LuvisonDetermined 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

Striking Chicago educatorsThe 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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PSRP Everyday Hero competes on 'Chopped'

PSRP Everyday Hero Lynette ThomasSchool food service manager Lynette Thomas of Louisiana is an awe-inspiring cook. Her job at St. Martinville Primary School ensures that kids get healthy school meals, and she has extended her job and her life to enrich the entire community. For these efforts, this year's AFT paraprofessionals and school-related personnel Everyday Hero was invited to compete on the TV show "Chopped." Thomas was the runner-up on the show, which aired Sept. 25. "I had a ball doing the show," Thomas says. "I'm so proud of myself just going that far." The AFT member and the other "lunch ladies" on "Chopped" received $5,000 for their schools from the Food Network. Earlier, Thomas and the other contestants visited the White House where  they toured the kitchen.

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Share your best teaching tips and resources

to win up to $5,000

ShareMyLesson logoShare 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

Wisconsin rally to preserve collective bargaining

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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In This Issue

Retirees fire up for Election 2012

Chicago Teachers Union members return to class

Share your best teaching tips

Everything you wanted to know about Medicare

Judge strikes down anti-union law

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