Collective Bargaining Update
A big thank you to those who provided input on the collective bargaining survey, sent prior to the start of negotiations. Your responses were critical in directing the bargaining conversation.
As reported in the last update, the issues ranked in order of importance were: Evaluations, Class Size, Curriculum, Testing, Lesson Plans, Professional Development, and Duty.
Negotiations have been productive, with each party listening in good faith. Talks are, ongoing, therefore, it is necessary to extend the current agreement until negotiations are complete. A special session board meeting will be held on June 29, 2021 at 9am to vote on extending the collective bargaining agreement until Friday, July 30, 2021. Following that extension, we are looking forward to continuing negotiations around the priorities that have been set by you, the members of JFT.
AFT TEACH Conference
Dates: July 6-10, 2021
Below are a few points about TEACH. If you want more details on sessions and programming, please go to www.aft.org/teach
. To see workshop titles and descriptions, click on register and then choose “agenda.”
Dynamic general session speakers like Ibram X. Kendi, Dena Simmons, Stacey Abrams, Danielle Allen and more we can't announce yet!
More than 50 workshops with certificates of completion available, focusing on five key areas:
- Recovering and rebuilding academically from the COVID-19 pandemic
- Social emotional learning
- Student and educator well-being
- Creating anti-racist classrooms, schools and districts
- Civics throughout the curriculum
- No travel or hotel costs
- Cost of registration is low:
- AFT Members are $50.
- AFT New Teachers (less than five years), AFT Retirees and AFT PSRP Members are reduced to $25.
JFT will incur the cost of registration for twenty members. Teachers with 1-3 years of teaching experience are strongly encouraged to attend. If you are a JFT member and are interested in attending, please contact email@example.com.
Get Your Shot at a Million
On Thursday afternoon, Governor Edwards announced Louisiana's #ShotAtAMillion campaign. It is a rewards program offered by the Louisiana Department of Health's Bring Back Louisiana campaign to increase awareness of COVID vaccine availability and provide reliable efficacy and safety information. Those who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine can register for a chance to win cash prizes and scholarships. Registration begins Monday, learn more at: shotatamillion.com.
To find the locations near you offering COVID-19 vaccines, visit vaccines.gov/search and enter your zip code.
JFT's Teacher Leader Program
The secondary deadline is June 28, 2021, but applicants are still welcome to apply and will be considered as long as there is space left in the applicant pool.