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Use of Video CallsUntil the beginning of our on-line teaching to many of us, the term “Zoom” referred to an album by that famous American funk and soul band the Commodores from the 1980s.  However, in just a short time, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google  Meet and any of the other remote conferencing platforms are now a part of our everyday conversations.  Like any other new technological tool, the natural inclination is to try to apply them to all parts of our lives.  So it is just natural that some might even wonder can they be used to conduct membership meetings.  The short answer is no, just


Contract Approval

Our present contract expires on June 30, 2020.  If a tentative agreement is not reached before the deadline, do not worry.  It is not unusual to have a contract expire and if it does, we will continue working under our present contract language until an agreement is reached.  Our salaries will also remain the same and then when an agreement is reached salaries will be retroactive back to the 1st day of the new contract.

According to our By-Laws, negotiations &  a ratification vote (approval of the contract) with SLPS is as follows:

  1.  Negotiation committee solicits membership

Essential union staff, your Executive Board and I are continuing to work with Dr. Adams and the St. Louis Board of Education for the good of the children, our members and the community.
Special thanks to the elected board for working with us during this extremely difficult time.
I hope this communication finds you well and that you continue to follow CDC and local COVID-19 guidelines and are staying healthy. 
The good news is that Dr. Adams and I have reached agreement in moving forward to keep all of our Exempt and Non-Exempt members of our Collective Bargaining Group employed and paid for

Look on the back of your Union Membership Card, copy the statement,

call (314) 781-2077. You have a right to union and legal representaion.


AFT St. Louis was chartered June 11, 1935 as Local 420 with the American Federation of Teachers. The union was integrated BEFORE the St. Louis Public Schools in 1935. AFT national and our Local have stood for diversity and acceptance and against racism and segregation from the start.