Local Election Message

There were many questions concerning the upcoming election that our national union has addressed. They recommended we maintain the nominations but restart the rest of the process including hiring a new election judge.

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

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.

Reopening Schools

 

Local 420 has adopted two main goals for reopening our schools. 

First, to make sure that when our schools do reopen they are safe for students, staff, and the students’ families.  In consultation with the St. Louis Department of Health according to CDC guidelines;Our second goal is that our students will receive quality instruction which will result in successful outcomes for them and our community.

In consultation with the St. Louis Department of Health according to CDC guidelines; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-schools.html and AFT’s Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities; https://www.aft.org/sites/default/files/covid19_reopen-america-schools.pdf  in order to increase our probability of success.

Our second goal is that our students will receive quality instruction which will result in successful outcomes for them and our community. No matter whether that instruction in on-line, blended; https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2020-05-03/school-districts-may-switch-to-blended-learning-an-area-dominated-by-charter-school, site-based or any combination of the three

To that end, three of our experienced Building Stewards have been appointed to the SLPS Restart School Task Force.  They are:

                    Kathy Gregory/Griscom – Instruction subcommittee

                    John Moore/Clyde Miller – Facilities & School Operations subcommittee

                    Carron Johnson/Gateway Middle – CoChair/Facilities & School Operations 

Please feel free to email any ideas and suggestions you may have to communications@stltu.org