Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.

PNWHMA Contract Ratified

Thanks to the strenght of our members and the support of our community, the Pacific Northwest Hospital Medicine Association reached an agreement with PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center and ratified the new contract at the beginning of 2022.

 

Support PeaceHealth Hospitalists

Sacred Heart hospitalists are groundbreakers in the fight for health care equality and social justice. In 2015, we put patients before profit by forming the first union for hospital doctors in the country.

We are currently in mediation trying to secure a fair contract for all our members. So far, PeaceHealth has not demonstrated they are serious about addressing our concerns.

We believe we have a duty as health care professionals to counter the corporate health care model and to improve health care for our patients and raise safety standards for all hospital workers.

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

1-Year Contract Extension Agreement

We are extremely pleased to announce PeaceHealth Administration has agreed to our proposed 1-year extension of our current contract without any changes. Our contract will be effective through October 2021. This is one less thing for all of us to worry about during this new age of COVID-19 and all that it has brought with it for us all.