ACC-AFT Summer 2021 Newsletter ( In English and Spanish)

 

We are pleased to announce that our Newsletter is also available in Spanish!

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What We Should Expect From Higher Education Institutions Regarding COVID 19

We need to band together as one to safeguard our careers, our profession, and to advocate for ourselves and our students. Our guiding principles for Higher Education institutions regarding COVID-19 is laid out here.

Join ACCAFT Today!

UNION MEMBERSHIP IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AT THIS TIME. 

The future is uncertain for school employees and the students they serve.

We need to band together as one to safeguard our careers, our profession, and to advocate for ourselves and our students. Our principles for Higher Education institutions regarding COVID-19 is laid out here.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN ONLINE!

We are affiliated with the national American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the state organization, Texas AFT. We organized in 1999 and have members from all classifications of non-administrative ACC employees: Classified, Prof-Tech, Adjunct, Hourly and Full Time Faculty. We are separate from the employee associations at ACC and are therefore free to pursue our goals without administrative influence.

We are dedicated to improving the salaries and health insurance of all employees, including protecting the rights of all ACC employees. Building a large and strong membership is the key to these endeavors. Join us today!

If you would like representation for grievances and access to our Legal Defense Fund and Labor Attorney, you MUST become a member now, before your problem begins. Click on "Membership" to fill out a membership form. 

  • Our union is a professional organization regularly engaged in the life of the college district. Membership dues support advocacy on workplace issues, training events, and career protection.
  • If you believe faculty should have a voice in educational issues, you should join.
  • If you believe employees should have a voice in the political process, you should join
  • If you believe in the value of employees helping out each other, you should join.
  • If you believe employees should be treated with dignity, fairness, and respect, you should join.
  • Your dues help support these values!

Member dues amounts are as follows:

  • $38.75/Mo - Full time Faculty
  • $28.88/Mo - Calssified/Prof.Tech
  • $22.71/Mo - Adjunct earning more than $12,000/yr
  • $17.83/Mo - Adjunct earning less than $11,999/yr

 

 

Your COVID-19 Resource Guide for Higher Ed. Employees

Your union, ACCAFT, wants to make sure you are safe and have resources available at your fingertips!

FIRST, check this link out! https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/covid19_aft-aaup_guidanceprinciples_031320.pdf

Coronavirus: Information for educators and support staff

Get information from the American Federation of Teachers about what faculty and staff can do to safeguard against the virus, as well as what schools can do regarding preventive schoolwide and districtwide policy.

For complete information and details for higher ed. employees, see the full bulletin.

Help students understand infectious disease and find tools to protect yourself and your community on AFT’s Share My Lesson online collection of lesson plans and resources

You’ll find everything from news program videos to research projects and analyses of past epidemics. You can also visit Texas AFT  an the CDC for additional updates and resources.

Click here to see AFT President, Randi Weingarten on CNN addressing the issue of COVID-19 in schools.

Click here to get updates from the Austin Community College website.

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.