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Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.


This article, written by Penelope Swenson, is an excellent description of the non-reelecton process and questions the ethics of the process. The author offers administrators options to offer the teacher who may be good but may need more "seasoning." She suggests that administrators reflect and ask themselves, "How did I try to help? What could I do or could have done?" Administrators should look at teachers as the greatest resource for improving student learning.


Listen to NFT members address the NUSD School Board. Click here for comments shared at the December 6 meeting Click here to hear their comments at the November 15 meeting. The members are clear - to fully staff NUSD pay a competitive wage - for ALL staff.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

Below is CFT's latest news release which NFT President Mariah Fisher shared with Superintendent Kris Cosca. First, read the three reasons why we believe NUSD should consider returning to distance learning.




1. I understand the district's policy regarding what happens when we both slide back to purple or back to red. This is not a drop from one tier to the next, this is a SURGE that we have seen hit worldwide and is now on our doorstep. If nothing else, this pandemic has taught us that we need to be flexible. We have had plans before, and our ability to be flexible has been a strength


To cap a tumultuous week, today Governor Newsom announced his state budget proposal for the coming year. Despite a struggling economy, and high unemployment, the top line budget numbers are hopeful for public education: a record $85.8 billion for K-14 schools, along with additional funding for teacher recruitment and training, and special education, among other programs. Additionally, the Governor estimates that there will be an additional $6.7 billion from the federal government for K-12 as part of the most recent stimulus package.To cap a tumultuous week, today Governor Newsom announced his


Information provided by Aimee Shreck, CFT Research Director

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), yesterday,  released several important resources related to California’s K-12 school and COVID-19. These include: 

  1. An updated public health guidance document that consolidates and supersedes most previous state guidance documents. (Specifically for those locals that have employers wanting to be in-person within the next two weeks, please look at page 6).

  2. A new checklist that all schools must follow, publicize, and submit to the county and state if a school is in a purple tier county.

  3. A


Dear Novato Community, 

Thank you so much for your support during this stressful and difficult time. 

We, the teachers in Novato want to take a moment to explain the recent news regarding our hybrid and reentry negotiations with NUSD. First and foremost, we love the children in Novato and want nothing more than to support them through this difficult time and continue to provide continuity of education. We also want what's safest for them, the community and NUSD teachers and staff, but unfortunately the District has not come to the table with that same attitude. Since the Summer, we have been


Novato Teachers Reject NUSD's Plan!


NFT made the front page of the MarinIJ recently and a segment on Channel 2 news. Thank you for the support NFT members!