October 13, 2021
From the Lawyer's Desk
Larry Samuel, JFT General Counsel
What should you do when your principal or supervisor approaches you and says you are required to get a drug or alcohol screening? It's a scary situation for anyone to be in and if you're a union member, the first thing you should do is call the union office. The school board, as a public employer, does have the right to require you to get a drug and/or alcohol screening, but only in certain circumstances. The main circumstance is if they believe you are impaired; you are showing visible signs of impairment from drug or alcohol use, but they can't just randomly test you without a reason. Learn more in this video from JFT General Counsel Larry Samuel.
American Federation of Teachers
Poll: AFT members are 90% vaccinated
Fresh polling of American Federation of Teachers members has revealed the vast majority—90 percent—are vaccinated
. And fully 2 in 3 K-12 members support vaccination mandates. A survey conducted by Hart Research Associates shows that 67 percent of K-12 members favor a requirement that all school employees be vaccinated unless they have a valid medical or religious exemption and that 73 percent support requiring vaccines or a weekly COVID-19 test. A separate poll of the full membership shows 9 out of 10 report being vaccinated and another 3 percent either have a vaccination appointment or say they will likely get vaccinated.
Make sure you are taking advantage of your exclusive member benefits! You can find your AFT member ID # -- and some great savings – on the AFT members-only page. A look up function has been added to make it easy. www.aft.org/members-only
PSRP Technology Workshops
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Know your CBA
Article IX Teachers as Substitutes
During the period of this Agreement, the District will compensate teachers at a rate of $17.50 per hour in 30-minute increments at any time that a teacher is required to cover a class during their planning period.
Special Note: Teacher Supplies: Due to the impact of Hurricane Ida, teachers are allowed to be reimbursed the full $200 for teaching supplies in the first semester. This amendment is only valid for the current school year (2020-2021).
General Membership Meeting
Thursday, October 28, 2021