Union Link — The IFT’s newsletter is produced multiple times throughout the year and links you to news, legislation, ideas, and opportunities important to the union.
Highlights in this issue include:
Concurrent Local 4100 strikes achieve gains for students, faculty, and staff
April’s famous “showers” came in the form of concurrent strikes this year
for three chapters of the University Professionals of Illinois (UPI, Local 4100) and a fourth walkout was authorized but averted just hours before members took to the picket lines.
Illinois higher education funding is broken - evidence-based funding is the fix
Illinois has a serious problem with higher education funding. It is urgent that we find a solution. An evidence-based funding (EBF) model is the answer. Just like they did for our
public PreK-12 schools in 2017, Illinois lawmakers should consider taking this path
for higher education.
Big wins for public education
IFT members from Waukegan to Quincy knocked on thousands of doors, made countless phone calls, and hosted virtual and in-person events. You understood what was at stake and worked to make a difference.
Legislative highlights for spring session
The Illinois General Assembly wrapped up its spring legislative work on May 27.
Illinois makes history by prohibiting book bans
Illinois has become the first state to officially end the practice of banning books.
We made history together
April 4, 2023 was truly an historic day for Chicago and our state! For the first time, a public school teacher and union organizer was elected to lead our proud, working class city.
AFT Summer Educator Academy (in-person), July 9-15
AFT Summer Educator Academy (virtual)
Reclaiming Assessments Workshop, July 11-13
Supporting Students with Grief & Loss (webinar), July 18
AFT TEACH Conference, July 21-23
Featured Member Benefit
Retiring Wisely - As your union the IFT is your partner and advocate, from your first day on the job until the day you retire — and beyond.
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