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Cutting the heart out of higher ed

Betsy DeVos wants to alter the DNA of higher education, trying to change the definition of the credit hour, eliminate student-faculty interaction in some programs and allow schools losing their accreditation to charge students tuition. And it’s all disguised in the wonky and overwhelming “negotiated rulemaking” review process that begins Jan. 15.

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EC Minutes Nov. 14th, 2018

TCCFT 2196 Executive Meeting, Nov. 14th, 2018

Members Attending: Dave Howard, John Sandin, Valerie Morgan-Krick, and Ken Pimpleton

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): Valerie made a motion to approve the Agenda with changing the date from Oct. 24th to Nov. 14th. John seconded the Agenda with the change and the Agenda was approved.

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EC Minutes Oct. 24th, 2018

TCCFT 2196 Executive Meeting, Oct. 24th, 2018

Members Attending: Dave Howard, John Sandin, Michael Mixdorf, Anne Hafer, Valerie Morgan-Krick, Deanna Cole, Linda Ford, Katrina Taylor, and Ken Pimpleton.

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): Anne Hafer motioned to approve the Agenda with an amendment to add the “2019 Proposed Budget as Item 7.” The Agenda was seconded by John Sandin and approved with the amendment.

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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.

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All Membership Meeting Minutes September 20th, 2018

TCCFT 2196 All Membership Meeting, September 20th, 2018

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda: (Dave Howard):  Barbara Peterson motioned to approve the Agenda and it was seconded by Jim Riesdorf. The Agenda was approved.

Item 2: Approval of Previous Minutes (Dave Howard): Jackie Gorman motioned to approve the Previous Minutes and it was seconded by Kim Lee. The previous minutes were approved.

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Executive Council Meeting Minutes May 16th, 2018

TCCFT 2196 Executive Meeting, May 16th, 2018

Members Attending: Dave Howard, John Sandin, Linda Ford, Deanna Cole, Tami Hahn, and Ken Pimpleton

Item 1:  Approval of Agenda (Dave Howard): John motioned to approve the agenda and it was seconded by Linda. The agenda was approved.

Item 2:  Approval of Previous Minutes (Dave Howard): Linda motioned to approve the previous minutes and it was seconded by John. The previous minutes were approved.

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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.

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