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Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.

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Celebrating student loan relief

“It was like waking up and learning you won the lottery.” That’s just one of the comments flooding the AFT offices from members who are elated to be free of student debt at last. After relentless advocacy, including an AFT lawsuit against former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that was so broken is finally doing what it is supposed to do: delivering relief from student debt for thousands of borrowers. So far, $6.2 billion in student debt has been forgiven for 100,000 public service workers like teachers, nurses and professors.

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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.

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‘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.

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EC Minutes Oct. 23rd, 2019

TCCFT 2196 Executive Meeting, October 23rd, 2019

Members Attending: Dave Howard, John Sandin, Michael Mixdorf, Deanna Cole, Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Valerie Morgan-Krick, and Ken Pimpleton

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): Michael made a motion to approve the Agenda and it was seconded by Deanna. The Agenda was approved.

Item 2:  Approval of Previous Minutes (Dave Howard): Michael made a motion to approve the Previous Minutes and it was seconded by Valerie. The Previous Minutes were approved.

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EC Minutes Nov. 13, 2019

TCCFT 2196 Executive Meeting, November 13th, 2019

Members Attending: Dave Howard, Michael Mixdorf, Katrina Taylor, Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Deanna Cole, and Ken Pimpleton

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): Michael made a motion to approve the Agenda and it was seconded Katrina. The Agenda was approved.

Item 2:  Approval of Previous Minutes (Dave Howard): Michael made a motion to approve the Previous Minutes and it was seconded by Jennifer. The Previous Minutes were approved.

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Executive Council Meeting Minutes Sept. 25th, 2019

TCCFT 2196 Executive Meeting, Sept. 25th, 2019

Members Attending: Dave Howard, John Sandin, Valerie Morgan-Krick, Jim Reisdorf, Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Katrina Taylor, and Ken Pimpleton

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): Jennifer made a motion to approve the Agenda and it was  seconded by Valerie.  The Agenda was approved.

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All Membership Meeting Minutes Sept. 19th, 2019

TCCFT 2196 All Membership Meeting, September 19th, 2019

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): Jim Reisdorf made a motion to approve the Agenda and it was seconded by Sherry Cmiel. The Agenda was approved by the Membership. 

Item 2:  Approval of Previous Minutes (Dave Howard): Kim Harrington made a motion to approve the Previous Minutes and it was seconded by Josh Wright. The Previous Minutes were approved by the Membership.

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EC Minutes June 5th, 2019

TCCFT 2196 Executive Meeting, June 5th, 2019

Members Attending: Dave Howard, Valerie Morgan-Krick, John Sandin, Jennifer Snoek-Brown, Jim Reisdorf, Michael Mixdorf, and Ken Pimpleton

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): Jim made a motion to approve the Agenda and it was seconded by Michael. The Agenda was approved.

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