Financial Secretary Shelton-Townes, President Rego, 5th Vice President Reynolds, Political Director Tucker, and 1st Vice President Underhile represented CHTU in Columbus at the AFL-CIO Lobby Day in Columbus on May 9, 2023.
Donations from Cleveland Heights
The Cleveland Heights Mayor's office donated 39 canvas bags with restaurant guides for our new teachers. We will distribute these goodies to new teachers during the New Teacher Orientation.
2021 Walk for Wishes
Cleveland Heights Teachers Union members walked in the 2021 Walk for Wishes at the Cleveland Zoo on October 2, 2021.
AFL-CIO GOTV - August 5, 2023
1st VP Underhile, Retiree Liaison MacDonald, and President Rego attended the AFL-CIO Get out the Vote event on Saturday, August 5, 2023. Vote NO on Issue 1!
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.
Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.
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.
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.
The CHUH district will have a 5.5 mil levy on the ballot for November 2016. It is the first operating levy in 5 years - 2 years longer than the normal life expectancy of a school levy. This means that the district has not had any increase in operating costs for 5 years even though everything costs more today than it did 5 years ago.
Citizen's for Heights Schools (chuhyes.com) is organizing volunteers for phone banking, lit drops, and more. They can also use donations. Our CHTU Executive Board endorsed the levy and made a contribution in June.