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Webinars, Zooms, virtual conferences… from the CFT, AFT, AFL-CIO, state Dept. of Education, Community College Chancellor, and other labor groups… all related to the effects of the coronavirus.

May 26 | Tuesday Nights with AFT – Town Hall

Join the AFT on Tuesday nights

Tuesday, May 26 @ at 6:45 pm Eastern (3:45 pm Pacific)

Please join AFT President Randi Weingarten every Tuesday night at 3:45 pm (Pacific) in AFT’s weekly tele-townhall.  Weingarten takes on a different topic each week and hosts high-profile guests to address the issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

May 27 | Community College Chancellor – Weekly Call

Join the Chancellor’s Weekly Webinar

Wednesday, May 27 @ 9 am

The Chancellor’s Office is host weekly webinars every Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. focused on recent updates, guidance and supports for dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chancellor’s Office encourages you to join the webinar and share this information with others. 

May 27 | AFT – Bargaining Online

AFT-Cornell Online Collective Bargaining Webinar Series – Session 1

Wednesday, May 27 @ 4 pm Eastern (1 pm Pacific)

In these extraordinary times, we need to adapt to new methods and venues for bargaining —including online. Please join AFT President Randi Weingarten and Cornell University’s Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, on May 27 for the first in a series of webinars designed to help you learn best practices for effective online bargaining.

In the first webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Which information and communication technologies will best help you fulfill the critical functions of bargaining, including for:
    • Bargaining team strategy and planning sessions
    • Information gathering
    • Member engagement
    • Information exchange with management
    • “At the table” discussions with management
    • Caucusing
    • Writing proposals
    • trading proposals
    • Finalizing language
    • Contract ratification
  • What you need to do differently to adapt to using these information and communication technologies to bargain online securely and effectively.

This webinar series is included in the AFT-Cornell Collective Bargaining Certificate Program. Recordings of the webinar series will be available on demand at the AFT Collective Bargaining Community page (you must register for the community to gain access). After the webinar, you can continue the conversation with presenters and other participants on the community discussion boards.

May 28 | AFL-CIO Town Hall – Voices of Essential Workers

All of Us: Voices of Essential Workers on the Front Lines

Thursday, May 28 @ 2 pm Eastern (11 am Pacific)

No one knows better than union members that as the pandemic rages on, the hardest hit people in America have been workers — those on the front lines every day, making sure our country is still running, who are at great risk and often without adequate protection.

And the hardest hit in this country have been our most marginalized workers: women, LGBTQ workers and workers of color — citizens and noncitizens alike. And since we have started social distancing, we have witnessed worker discrimination against Asian Americans, disproportionate deaths of African Americans and equally disproportionate harm to Latin Americans as a result of COVID-19.

Join the AFL-CIO for this crucially important virtual town hall meeting, where we will hear from AFL-CIO leaders, constituency groups and front-line workers from various unions, speaking on what they are experiencing during this crisis.

May 29 | AFT Higher Ed – New Title IX Rules

Title IX Rules: New and Not Improved

Friday, May 29 @ 3 pm Eastern (12 noon Pacific)

After a multi-year process the new, 2,000 page Title IX rule has been released, in the middle of a pandemic, with a requirement for campuses to be in compliance by August 14, 2020. Though the new rule covers all levels of education, there are changes impacting higher education that are particularly troubling, especially the mandate that all campuses provide a “live” hearings with cross-examination.  

Please join AFT Higher Ed and Shiwali Patel from the National Women’s Law Center on Friday, May 29 for a webinar with discussion and Q&A that will cover the content of the new rule and the expected impacts on the campus community. Higher education unions have an essential role to play in creating the fairest possible process.

These rules radically weaken the federal enforcement of Title IX protections against sexual assault and other forms of sexual harassment and have faced much-deserved protest including a lawsuit. We will discuss how faculty, graduate employees, and staff can navigate the ambiguity of compliance with important civil rights laws, while questioning their legitimacy.

May 29 | UpFront with CFT President on Facebook Live

Join the CFT President every Friday at 3 pm on Facebook Live

Friday, May 29 @ at 3 pm

 Please join CFT President Jeff Freitas on Facebook Live at 3 pm as he addresses issues facing California educators and staff during the pandemic. 

June 9 | Tuesday Nights with AFT – Town Hall

Join the AFT on the second and fourth Tuesday nights of the month

Tuesday, June 9 @ at 6:45 pm Eastern (3:45 pm Pacific)

Please join AFT President Randi Weingarten every Tuesday night at 3:45 pm (Pacific) in AFT’s weekly tele-townhall.  Weingarten takes on a different topic each week and hosts high-profile guests to address the issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting on May 26, AFT shifted the weekly tele-townhall meetings from weekly to the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. 

June 11 | Is There Peril or Promise in Online Learning?

Getting Back to School: Is There Peril or Promise in Online Learning?

Thursday, June 11 @ 3pm Eastern (12 noon Pacific)

Policymakers, school administrators, educators, and parents continue to make difficult choices due to lost school days, continued social distancing, and precarious public budgets. 

While the pandemic has required a shift to distance learning, ultimately we know that in-person classroom teaching, learning, and interaction is the best way to provide a well-rounded and equitable education. Despite this, ed tech and online education companies see the crisis as an opportunity to further privatize and profit off of public school students.

Speakers

  • Dr. Gary Miron, Professor, Western Michigan University College of Education 
  • Dr. Daniela Kruel DiGiacomo, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky School of Information Science
  • Kiki Ochoa, High school teacher and parent, San Diego, California
  • Morcease Beasley, Superintendent, Clayton County School District, Georgia

What is the future of public education? This virtual panel is co-sponsored by In the Public Interest, National Education Policy Center, National Superintendents Roundtable, Network for Public Education, and Local Progress.

June 23 | Tuesday Nights with AFT – Town Hall

Join the AFT on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month

Tuesday, June 23 @ at 6:45 pm Eastern (3:45 pm Pacific)

Please join AFT President Randi Weingarten every Tuesday night at 3:45 pm (Pacific) in AFT’s weekly tele-townhall.  Weingarten takes on a different topic each week and hosts high-profile guests to address the issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting on May 26, AFT shifted the weekly tele-townhall meetings from weekly to twice a month — the second and fourth Tuesdays.