NEW- Teacher Unions and Social Justice Online Book Launch and Discussion: January 21
Join Teacher Unions and Social Justice co-editors Jesse Hagopian, Michael Charney, and Bob Peterson along with contributors Michelle Gunderson and Arlene Inouye for the launch of a new Rethinking Schools book on the promise of social justice teacher unionism. The BTU is also featured in this new book!
NEW- Interview Invitation on Nature-Based School Teaching
A Ph.D. student at Walden University in the process of working on their dissertation seeks to better understand elementary teachers’ perceptions of the skills, benefits, and challenges of training for nature-based school teaching. To gather the necessary information to complete the study, they are looking for public school teachers who are interested in participating in the dissertation. If you are interested, please reach out to Vera Marie Robinson.
Sign the Petition: Prioritize Signing SLBBR Into Law
The Student Loan Borrower’s Bill of Rights (SLBBR) is common sense legislation that would create a new office within the MA Attorney General’s office tasked with investigating complaints from individuals about their student loan servicers and require student loan servicers operating in MA to follow basic consumer protection laws. The Economic Development Bill is being sent to Governor Baker’s desk and if signed, student borrowers will be given the basic consumer protections we deserve. Please sign and share our petition to Governor Baker urging him to prioritize signing the SLBBR into law!
Teacher’s Backpack is a non-profit organization that was created as a way of giving back to teachers for all they do each day. This organization supports teachers at NO COST. They offer weekly Teacher of the Week shout outs, mindfulness opportunities and they just started sending out backpacks filled with goodies for educators all over the world. You can visit and support this organization’s mission here.
Child Care Strategies for a Just Recovery
With many public schools shifting fully online and limited spots available in child care programs, many working parents are struggling to find care for their children. However, a recent policy change from the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) may offer some support for parents who are not working because they need to care for a child or supervise remote learning. A brief summary of the policy can be found here to help parents navigate these changes.
Mutual Aid for Hungry Union Members
Local 26 has been raising funds to distribute grocery store gift cards to laid-off workers, but at this point, the amount of need is so great that we have a waiting list of over 650 union members who have applied for and not yet been able to receive a grocery store card. The UNITE HERE Support and Education fund is a 501c(3), and donations will go to buy grocery store cards for hospitality workers. The link to donate is here.