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Christine Jones found the traditional college experience to be difficult with the lack of financial aid, the need to take on student loans, and the struggle of balancing a commute while working full-time. Then Hurricane Harvey came and halted her educational pursuits altogether.

But then her mom, a long-time special education teacher and Northeast Houston AFT member, introduced her to a union membership benefit that woul
d pay for all the remaining expenses for her degree.
“I run a business,” Christine said. “I like business — that’s my niche — and I knew I needed an education.”
As part of her

NEHOU AFT Member Honored by Texas AFT

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Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

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.


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.

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Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

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.


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Help your students succeed in school and in life by giving them books! Not just any books— we’re talking about brand-new, popular, high-quality books at affordable prices.  Northeast Houston AFT in partnership with FirstBook and our colleagues will bring 40,000 free books to students enrolled in Channelview, Galena Park and Sheldon ISD.  The school employee will have to pick the books up on the day of our event. We will send you an email letting you know the date.

Who can register?

Any employee of Channelview, Galena Park, or Sheldon ISD.  

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