November 26, 2013
Oppose Pennsylvania Senate Bill 1085 Today
Dear College of Education faculty:
TAUP wants to alert you to a serious situation – the possible passage of SB 1085 by the Pennsylvania Senate. This bill, which extends the authorization process for charter schools, cyber-charters and gives higher education institutions power but no local accountability, would further damage school funding in PA (which is still not fixed). It would create a private authorizer system that would allow some charters to escape local oversight through consolidation. Higher education institutions would be able to decide to approve a charter school, but communities would still be responsible for paying for them - so taxpayers would have all of the responsibility and none of the say. Please contact your PA State Senator and tell him/her to oppose SB 1085. READ MORE...
November 13, 2013
Janie Morrison, Former TAUP Executive Director, Dies Suddenly
TAUP has received the sad news that Janie Morrison, TAUP Executive Director from 1992 – 2001, died in her sleep last Saturday night, November 9, at her home in River Grove, Illinois.
Janie came to TAUP after experience with the Neshaminy Federation of Teachers. She was involved in all phases of TAUP work: negotiations, grievances, and two major law suits. She spent countless months after the 1990 strike and court battle to make sure that each faculty member received the make-up pay to which he was entitled. The matter wasn’t settled until 1996.
When the AFT National Convention was held in Philadelphia, again Janie put no limits on the time she spent preparing excursions and performing other duties as the official host organization of the convention.
At TAUP Janie was known for her caring attitude, her wild laugh, and her love of Walt Disney. During her tenure at TAUP, the office décor included Disney figures in the windows, much to the amazement of many faculty. She graced retirees who came to see her with a gift of a discount card to Disney World.
In 2001 Janie received an offer she couldn’t pass up, working for the Cook County (IL) College Teachers Union. By going to Chicago, she was able to be near her elderly mother. While there she continued working strenuously for her constituents as a negotiator, as well as handling many other duties.
More recently Janie had been working for Illinois State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-28). Again she focused all her efforts on her constituents. At the time of her death she had just finished organizing a major job fair, with more than 140 employers attending. Janie loved finding jobs for people. In fact it was through her that all the current TAUP employees found work at the union.
A memorial service will be held at the First Church, at 220 South Main Street in Lombard, Illinois at 2:00 pm Saturday, November 16.
Contributions can be made to the TAUP Scholarship Fund in the TAUP office
November 04, 2013
Missing Your AFT Membership Card?
TAUP’s national affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) offers numerous benefits and discounts through its program, AFT+
Obtaining these requires your AFT membership card or your ID number, found on the card. When you first receive your card you must register with AFT and validate your card, similar to what you do with a credit card.
What if you are now missing your card?
If you had a card that you had validated on the AFT web site, but have misplaced it, you should go to:
http://www.aft.org/members/help.cfm and hit “shift enter.”
Here you will find a form to fill out, with one option being “I need a new card.”
For information about AFT+
programs, please contact AFT+
at 800/238-1133, ext. 8643, or e-mail email@example.com
If you need your AFT ID number, or have any problems obtaining a card through AFT, please call (1-7641 or 215 763-2287) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the TAUP office.
October 30, 2013
Your AFT Membership Card – A Key to Benefits and Discounts
When you join TAUP, you get a card from our parent affiliate, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) that allows you access to numerous benefits and discounts through the union. These include:
- Insurance for your home, auto and life—even your pets
- No-fee credit card with special union-member features
- A mortgage program with special features for AFT members
- Discounted legal services including a free 30 minute consultation
- 15 percent off wireless phone plans
- Numerous other discounts when shopping
AFT will mail the membership card to you within about eight weeks of your joining TAUP.
If after that time you have not received a card, you should call AFT Membership at 888-238-5646 to request one.
If you have any problems obtaining a card through AFT, please call (1-7641 or 215 763-2287) or email (email@example.com) the TAUP office.