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The Pulse - October 2021

Greetings Friends,

The 2021-2022 school year is fully under way and the 2022 legislative session is right around the corner. The demands on you as union leaders and educators have been unrelenting since March 2020 and I want to express my deepest gratitude to you for the creative problem solving, solidarity, and commitment to the social contract you have demonstrated during this challenging time. I want to acknowledge our staff as well, who have maintained high expectations around our members’ rights as workers and the education and supports our students deserve.

Although many people are struggling and suffering, we have seen substantial gains. Just yesterday substantial changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program were announced, making the program finally accessible to 550,000 borrowers! We’ll be hosting an interactive virtual event in early November on the subject of student loan debt – we need to make sure every one of our members knows about these changes and the resources they can access to improve their personal economy.