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For Immediate Release:


ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Ray Cummings, the Interim President of AFT St. Louis, Local 420, AFLCIO which represents teachers and school related personnel in the St. Louis Public Schools, issued a call to action regarding Missouri Governor Parson, “it is time for Governor Parson to follow science and the advice of health care professionals, it is time to issue a statewide mask mandate.” 


“We support Dr. Alex Garza, incident commander for the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, and his request for a mask mandate.We ask


Dear Colleague,

As you may know, an election for the officers of your union, AFT St. Louis, Local 420, was postponed by a vote of the stewards and executive board from spring 2020 to the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the new election process was scheduled to culminate with in-person voting on Thursday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 14. Unfortunately, some confusion arose with the election process, and as a result, the national union was asked by several Local 420 members, leaders and candidates for clarification and intervention. Here follows, after a thorough investigation and


Fiction: I haven’t had a raise in 5 years

Fact: Although not enough, here are the facts about the raises we received from 2017-2019:

Our Collective Bargaining Agreement (contract) that expired on June 30, 2020 was negotiated by then President Mary J. Armstrong and it contained raises from 2017 to June 30, 2020

It should be noted that the salary increase table below was the 5th offer from the district after a lengthy set of negotiations. The Agreement (contract) was be finally ratified by a vote of our membership in 2017.  A ratification vote is required by the constitution before term can be

Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.