ATF Fall Membership Meeting Focuses on Our Union in the Context of Privatization

This year’s ATF Fall membership meeting placed ATF in a larger context of unionism throughout our nation. We know that locally, our unions are under attack. We’ve spent the past seven years under the Martinez administration that has only sought to cripple— if not, destroy— our unions. What the membership meeting brought to light, however, is that we are not the only state (or union!) fighting for our profession. Despite the fact that our governor was elected during a wave of tea-party candidates throughout the nation, our union has, in fact, thrived.

In cities like Chicago, Portland, Baltimore, Detroit, in states like Wisconsin and Connecticut and in school districts like Douglas County, CO educators have lost jobs, been furloughed, lost benefits, schools have closed or been charterized and some have completely lost their union and their collective bargaining rights.

In the face of mounting opposition to workers’ rights and in the context of privatization at any cost, our local union (yes, ATF!) stands out as one of the strongest in the nation. We’ve beat-back furloughs, resisted layoffs, defeated Right-to-Work legislation, won our School Board elections against Tea-Party candidates, and, in addition to playing defense, ATF has actually seen some gains. While they may seem like small wins, the weight of their strength in this context speaks volumes. And that’s something we should all be proud of.

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Defending DACA

AFT’s Weingarten Responds to DACA Repeal

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on President Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects more than 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children:

“The young people covered by DACA are woven into our communities—learning in, working in, defending and contributing to the country that is their home. Offering protection to DACAmented immigrants was done based on the understanding that America is stronger when we value people and create opportunity to achieve the American dream, regardless of demography or geography.

“President Trump made a promise that he would treat Dreamers with ‘great heart.’ Now, for seemingly political reasons, he is breaking his promise to students, teachers, doctors, nurses and lawyers who took him at his word. This is not the America I know—an America that says one thing to its citizens and then does another. Betraying DACA Dreamers is betraying the values of our diverse and welcoming nation. America will not be stronger or more secure when these young people are torn away from the country they love and call their own. America will be diminished—and the toll will be measured by families ripped apart, people cast into the shadows and into poverty, businesses upended, economies weakened and dreams shattered.

“As children return to school, many carry with them constant, crippling terror and uncertainty because of their immigration status. Children should be free to learn and live without fear. Inhumane immigration policies deprive them of that freedom.

“President Trump has an opportunity to lead on this issue. The time has come for the president and Congress to offer comprehensive solutions to our broken immigration system. We must defend DACA now, but we know the enduring work is to provide pathways to citizenship for millions of students, families and neighbors working and living alongside us, which includes passing the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.


2017-2018 ATF Contract Ratification Results

• 96.5% of employees who voted chose to ratify the 2017-2018 ATF/APS contract.
• 3.5% voted against ratification.

 

During contract ratification by the Board of Education this evening, ATF President, Ellen Bernstein will share the comments you noted on the online submission form.

Click here to view a summary of the contract language changes.

Click here to view the highlighted changes in the contract.

Click here to view the 2017-2018 salary matrices.

The contract will be ratified by the Board of Education on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

 

Wins this year include:

  •  New, important language about equity of voice within your collaboration time, formally known as PLC's. ​ We've nixed the old PLC format that used the DuFours' model.
  • Welcome to your union, COTA's and PTA's! You're now a part of a larger family of professional educators who fight for rights and respect in our workplace!
  • Starting this year, Diagnosticians and School Psychs and Transition Specialists will be compensated for ALL years of their in-district experience in previous job categories!
  • A $1,300 differential shall be available to Therapists who occasionally lose lunch and prep time due to servicing students in specific district programs!
  • Special Education Teachers now receive individual, hourly rate compensation for completing IEP-related work in classes taught by substitutes.
  • Special Education now has an article of it's own in the contract!

2017-2018 Contract Ratification

• vote on the ratification of the contract »
• view a summary of the contract language changes »
• view the highlighted changes in the contract »
• view the 2017-2018 salary matrices »

All employees covered under the ATF contract may vote online
from Monday, August 7- Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The contract will be ratified by the Board of Education
on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

 

​Dear colleagues,

Last week we sent important information to your ATF Fed Reps regarding the 2017-2018 contract ratification. Above are the links to vote for the ratification of your contract.

​Your ATF Negotiating Team encourages everyone at your school to vote YES. A vote of confidence in our negotiations process matters. Our union has been the major opposition to the education agenda of the Governor and the PED. Yes, they have made our lives hard, but their days are numbered.

A yes vote for this contract will be a continued statement of opposition to this governor, her draconian policies and continued cuts. ​​

Wins this year include:

  • New, important language about equity of voice within your collaboration time, formally known as PLC's. ​ We've nixed the old PLC format that used the DuFours' model.
  • Welcome to your union, COTA's and PTA's! You're now a part of a larger family of professional educators who fight for rights and respect in our workplace!
  • Starting this year, Diagnosticians and School Psychs and Transition Specialists will be compensated for ALL years of their in-district experience in previous job categories!
  • A $1,300 differential shall be available to Therapists who occasionally lose lunch and prep time due to servicing students in specific district programs!
  • Special Education Teachers now receive individual, hourly rate compensation for completing IEP-related work in classes taught by substitutes.
  • Special Education now has an article of it's own in the contract!

Compliance Training Victory!

ATF received many emails and phone calls from our members upset about the new system the district is using to deliver the compliance training. In response to concerns from ATF members, our ATF President, Ellen Bernstein, wrote a memo (see below) to the Superintendent and leadership of APS to request that APS postpone the requirement and look into changing the format of the video training.

Great news! You are now able to "skip" to the end of the video modules to demonstrate your knowledge without sitting through 6.5 hours of videos.

Thanks to our active members and Fed Reps who brought the issue to our union. Together, we're stronger.


First Day? Prep Time? Here's what you need to know to start your year!

Wondering about the first day of school? What about prep time? This is what your union-negotiated agreement with the district says:

2017-2018 APPENDIX I.1
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS AND TEACHER PREPARATION DAY

For the 2017-2018 School Year, the parties agree to a continuation of district-wide and site-based professional development and teacher preparation. Note: Schools are free to interchange the focus of each of the days listed below based on consensus achieved through the site’s instructional council. Please keep in mind that PD for specialized role groups will be August 8th or 9th for traditional calendars and July 18th for alternative calendars.

First Semester Alternative Calendar

Monday, July 17th  - Registration/Orientation
Tuesday, July 18th   - Registration/Orientation or District-defined Professional Development
Wednesday, July 19th  - Registration/Orientation or District-defined Professional Development
Thursday, July 20th  - Site-defined Professional Development
Friday, July 21st  -Teacher Preparation Day
Monday, July 24th  - First day of classes for students

First Semester Traditional Calendar

Monday, August 7th  - Registration/Orientation
Tuesday, August 8th  - Registration/Orientation or District-defined Professional Development
Wednesday, August 9th  - Registration/Orientation or District-defined Professional Development
Thursday, August 10th  - Site-defined Professional Development
Friday, August 11th  -Teacher Preparation Day
Monday, August 14th  - First day of classes for students

The focus for District-defined Professional Development in SY 2017-18 will be aligning PD with the district’s Academic Master Plan and Learning Zones.

Second Semester Traditional Calendar and Alternative Calendar

Monday, January 2nd - 2/3 of day spent on site-based PD and 1/3 of day for teacher preparation (formerly known as the 184th day)

Separate Role Group PD will be provided on August 8th or 9th for traditional calendars and July 18th for alternative calendars.

  • Audiologists
  • School Psychologists
  • Librarians
  • Nurses
  • PE Teachers
  • Head teachers*
  • Fine Arts Teachers (all levels)
  • Access Teachers
  • SLPs
  • OTs and PTs,
  • APE Teachers
  • Social Workers
  • Transition Specialists
  • IEP Specialists
  • IGS1 and IGS2
  • SCS1, SCS2 and SCS3
  • SES1 and SES2

(*Note: District PD for elementary schools will be held on 2 different days to accommodate the number of schools.  Head Teachers should attend their PD on the same day as the district PD for their school.)


Does poorly educating students violate the NM constitution? A judge will decide

How New Mexico educates its children will be in the hands of a state judge soon as a landmark trial against the state Public Education Department wraps up.

Over eight weeks, the trial has featured dozens of witnesses and numerous citations to academic studies and policy reports. But in the end, the trial before First Judicial District Judge Sarah Singleton in Santa Fe boiled down to dueling worldviews.

The plaintiffs — the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) — cited education outcomes for low-income, Native American and English language learners as evidence that New Mexico does not meet its constitutional obligation to provide a sufficient education for all children.

Read the full article online at the NM Political Report »


New Teacher Orientation. Thank You!

The ATF Teacher Orientation on August 3rd was a great success! A shoutout to everyone who donated school supplies and materials for the event, and our to AMAZING ATF volunteers who helped make this event a great success.

ATF was able to set up first year teachers for success through informative classes and FREE supplies (and a tire change) all thanks to our awesome members!

 


Celebrating The Working People!

Come hang out with your union family from across the city at the annual Labor Day Picnic!

Central New Mexico Labor Council Invites Everyone to the 9th Annual Labor Day Picnic, Monday September 4th at Tiguex Park. Bring your chairs, blankets, and families! Hot dogs, hamburgers, non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Enjoy great entertainment by local bands. This event is FREE! Everyone welcome!

DETAILS:

Where: Tiguex Park, Albuquerque

(Corner of Mountain Road & 19th St NW)
near the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque Museum, and Explora

When: Monday, September 4, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Theme: Fun, Food, Entertainment!

Bring your banners and wear your Union shirts to show your support for Labor!!

 


Memo From Your Union President to APS Re: Compliance Trainings

ATF received many emails and phone calls from APS employees upset about the new system the district is using to deliver the compliance training. In response to concerns from ATF members, Ellen wrote this memo to the Superintendent and leadership of APS to request that APS postpone the requirement and look into changing the format of the video training.