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Georgetown University graduate employees cast historic vote for the union

Graduate employees at Georgetown University made history Nov. 9 when they finished tallying an 83 percent vote to join the union, the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees. The overwhelming victory is the first that circumvents the Trump-appointed National Labor Relations Board. Instead it is certified by the American Arbitration Association, and it decisively frames graduates not as students but as workers, with all the rights that title commands.

AFT members are taking Navient to court

A class-action suit filed in federal court sets out serious allegations that student loan servicer Navient has misled borrowers in public service professions from accessing a loan forgiveness program to boost its own profits. The landmark complaint, which seeks millions in damages and class-wide injunctive relief, details a spate of systematic misrepresentations, untruths and misdirection pedaled by Navient to stop borrowers from enrolling in Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a 10-year payoff plan administered by rival servicer FedLoan.

A Decade of Neglect

“A Decade of Neglect: Public Education Funding in the Aftermath of the Great Recession” details for the first time the devastating impact on schools, classrooms and students when states choose to pursue an austerity agenda in the false belief that tax cuts will pay for themselves. The comprehensive report offers a deep dive into the long-term austerity agendas and historic disinvestment that sparked the wave of nationwide walkouts this spring.

Give yourself a #PublicSchoolShoutout

There are great things happening in our neighborhood public school classrooms every day. Use the hashtag #PublicSchoolShoutout to celebrate and lift up stories from our public schools.

Eight OFT-staffed schools earn All A award

Congratulations to eight schools where educators are represented by OFT that received the 2017 All A Award. The eight schools represent five of our  locals. The All A Award is presented by the state board of education recognizing schools that earned straight As on all applicable report card measures. Awards mark the hard work of our members at Cleveland's Clark School, Citizen's Leadership Academy and Glenville High School, Toledo's McTighe Elementary and Whittier Elementary, Cincinnati's Roberts Academy: A Paideia Learning Community, New Lexington Middle School and Triad Middle School.

OFT members help schools earn Momentum Awards

OFT members helped numerous schools and districts earn the state's 2016 Momentum Award. Presented by the state board of education, Momentum Awards recognize schools for exceeding expectations for annual student growth. Which OFT member schools and districts won?

Friedrichs case threatens America's working families

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 11 in Friedrichs v. the California Teachers Association. The case challenges whether employees who benefit from a union should pay their fair share for the representation they receive. As the court considers this case, we’ll continue to mobilize our members and communities in support of our right to work together in our unions. More information.