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Paraprofessional educators at Prince George's County Public Schools are required to pass the ParaPro Assessment test or earn at least 48 college credits by June 2022 to retain their positions.

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived at a time when our nation’s health care workers were already experiencing burnout.

AFSCME President Lee Saunders praised the House of Representatives for passing the American Rescue Plan on Saturday and urged the Senate to follow suit as soon as possible.

Local 2250 members talked with Prince George’s Community Television this month about healthy and safety conditions at their schools.

In the first video, Transportation Chapter Representative Jossalyn Ford talks about the lack of supplies at 3:25:

There is good news for AFSCME members looking to pursue higher education. AFSCME Free College has made its bachelor’s degree completion program a permanent benefit.

That means that AFSCME members and their families can earn a bachelor’s degree for free, making an even wider choice of career options a possibility for more people.

Here’s a sure sign of new leadership in Washington. There’s a renewed push to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, an idea that went nowhere when the Trump administration and anti-worker members of Congress were in power.

The nurses of Prince George's County Public Schools began giving out COVID-19 vaccines at the Sports and Learning Complex on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31. 

Local 2250 Vice President Denise Yon, an RN at Northwestern High School, showed up to help in the vaccination efforts that weekend. Pictured here on the left, she is talking with Carolyn Winbush, an RN at Ernest Just Middle School, at the start of their 12-hour shift. 

The coronavirus pandemic won’t be controlled until states, cities, towns and schools – and particularly health departments – have the funding they need from the federal government, says AFSCME Retiree Sue Conard.

Conard should know. She spent 24 years as a public health nurse serving Wisconsin’s La Crosse County. One of her many areas of expertise? Immunization.

On January 12, 2021, educators and support personnel represented by more than 10 Labor Unions urged leaders in the Washington metropolitan area to continue distance learning and develop a unified approach to reopening schools as part of the National Day of Resistance. With reopening efforts so varied, it has been hard on parents and school employees who struggle with child-care needs and financial uncertainty. The educators and support personnel worry that a hasty return in one district could threaten the well-being of another, given how intertwined the Washington metropolitan area is.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has sent a letter to Congress that echoes what AFSCME has been saying for months: It’s long past time to robustly fund the front lines.