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.

‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.

Shut Down but not Shut Out

When we're locked out of our jobs, how do we pay our bills? Find out how the AFT helped this member in a big way. 

Why Nurses Care about Safe Staffing

Let us tell you why nurses are committed to talking about nurse staffing — at the bedside, in contract negotiations and everywhere in between.
Safe staffing saves lives. It’s as simple as that.

Change from the bottom up

The members of Local 6403, Kansas University Graduate Teaching Assistants, came away from the table with better working conditions for them and better learning conditions for their students. 

KPERS Study Commission Service-Based Plan

Senator King developed and presented a Service-Based Pension Plan to the KPERS Study Commission on December 7th. The Commission accepted this plan with an 8 - 5 vote. The new plan is essentially a Hybrid Plan which will contain two components: a defined benefit cash balance plan, and a defined contribution 401(k) or 414(k) plan. The current KPERS defined benefit plan (as modified by HB 2194) will remain in place for current, vested participants but will be closed to new entries. Overall the plan will shift all risk from the state to the employee. The new plan has an estimated 4% higher cost for the state than the estimated cost of HB 2194 passed by the 2011 Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. Below is a summary of Senator King’s plan which will be formatted into a bill and introduced to the 2012 Legislature for consideration.