Labor Day Lesson Plans: Teach Your Students the Value of Unions!

How do labor unions work? What impact have they had on the course of history, workers' rights and workplace safety, particularly in the United States?

As the American Federation of Teachers celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016, Share My Lesson curated a collection of lesson plans, activities and resources to help you explore the role of labor unions with your preK-12 students.

Take a closer look at how labor unions strive to address fairness and dignity in the workplace, and help your students explore some of the social justice issues unions have fought for.


Rights of Workers (MS & HS)

Human Rights: Sweatshops (HS)

The Yummy Strawberry Company (K-2)

Let Me Tell You About This Man: Cesar Chavez (3-5)

...more lesson plans for Labor Day (K-12)


These lessons brought to you by AFT's Share My Lesson, a FREE resource for teachers made by teachers.

2018-2019 Contract Ratified by ATF Members & APS BOE

The 2018-2019 Negotiated Agreement was ratified by the Board of Education during the BOE meeting on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Our ratification vote was:

1574 total votes
1545 (98.1%) in favor
29 (1.9%) against

Some highlights of the changes to our contract include:

  • At least a 3% salary for every employee represented by the Albuquerque Teachers Federation.
  • APS' commitment to work on employee requirements and workload issues.
  • SLP’s can now submit for bilingual and TESOL differentials.
  • Higher payments for Diagnosticians, School Psychologists and SLPs who perform evaluations outside of the school year.
  • All educators represented by ATF can now transfer between role groups without losing any pay! (This also included language that will allow educators the ability to self-report for a one time pay adjustment for those who made a role group change in previous years.)
  • Shortened the Diagnosticians, School Psychologists and Transition Specialists work year without a reduction in pay.
  • Won social workers the ability to submit for credential differentials and reimbursements, leading to more take home pay.
  • Ensured ALL middle schools receive five differentials for department heads.
  • Added MOUs establishing task forces to research and make recommendations on advisories, high school seniors taking a full class load and class sizes affected by the number of work stations available.

Click here to view a summary of changes for this contract year.

Click here to view the joint letter from Ellen and Superintendent Reedy on addressing employee requirements and workloads.


Salary Matrices:

Level 1- Teacher, Librarian, Nurses, Counselors, Social Worker, Interpreters Matrix
Level 2- Teacher, Librarians, Nurses, Counselors, Social Worker, Interpreters Matrix
Level 3- Teacher, Librarians, Nurses, Counselors, Social Worker, Interpreters Matrix
Diagnostician, Transition Specialist, Psychologist Matrix
Audiologists, Mobility, SLP, PT, OT Matrix
90% – COTAs, PTAs and Others Matrix