AFT has been working with NYSUT and affiliates from across the country in spreading the word that our members, families, students, and legislators need to advocate in support of the stimulus money called the HEROES Act (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act).
The HEROES Act was first introduced in the House by Congresswoman Lowey on May 12th, three days later Congress passed the Act. On May 20th the Act was delivered to the Senate, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell effectively put it on the backburner. This critical piece of legislation for New York State
, our towns, villages, teachers, cops, firemen, union brothers and sisters has been sitting on the Majority Leader's desk for several weeks now.
New York would receive $5 billion in education funding if the Senate passed the HEROES Act. The K-12 portion of these funds would provide New York $3.2 billion. That's enough to save or restore the positions of 12,290 teachers, 2,607 teacher aides and 7,630 other workers.
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What can you do? ---> Take Action
If we see massive layoffs because we don't get state and local aid, there will be extreme cuts to public services with catastrophic effects. Entire communities will suffer both from a public health and economic perspective.
We can't fight this pandemic or reopen the economy without strong public services and public service workers to deliver critical services.
We continue to put our lives on the line every day to serve our communities. We do it because we love our jobs and care about helping people, and I don't think anyone believes we deserve to be laid off.
Apart from that if you have friends and family members in below mentioned states, please send them this email and ask to help you - help us! The following States and their Senators need a little push from us as well: Tennessee, Wyoming, Missouri, Arkansas, Indiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Maine, Texas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, Vermont, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Colorado, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Maine, Utah, Georgia, Kentucky, Arizona, Kansas, Alaska and Ohio. -Mariusz