Monday, January 13, 2014

Reclaiming the Promise

Yesterday, Erin Bentham, president of the Meriden Federation of Teachers, gave a presentation on the cooperative initiatives between her Local and the superintendent's office.
It's a cooperation based on mutual respect.
It ties into the AFT initiative, Reclaiming the Promise, which calls not for a return to how things were in the past, but to how it can be.
It calls for neighborhood schools that are safe, welcoming places for teaching and learning, for early childhood care and education, first rate public services that support communities, affordable higher education, the promise of a secure retirement, and a healthcare system that puts patient care and safety above corporate profits.
As we wrap up the work of the task force, it is obvious to me that this will take all of us in the AFT and since small Locals are such a large portion of our union, our involvement is critical.
It has been an honor to meet, work with and learn from such wonderful people. We come from different backgrounds but we are united in the belief that we can make a difference.
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