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FEB 2020: FCFT educators speak out, and the Fairfax County School Board unanimously endorses collective bargaining for educators. FCPS reverses its twenty-year stance and becomes the first Virginia school district to support the measure. Click to watch.
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7405 Alban Station Ct. Suite B215
Springfield, VA 22150
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FCFT educators include teachers, specialists, instructional assistants, school counselors, office staff, librarians and more. Our members actively work to better public education by promoting effective public education policy, organizing to improve pay and working conditions, and fighting for better learning conditions for all students.
All non-administrative certified and classified FCPS personnel are eligible to join FCFT.
Our retiree affiliate, Fairfax County Federation of Retired Teachers (FCFRT) is an organization of retired teachers, instructional assistants, counselors, and other educational employees of the public education system. All members of FCFRT are retired from, or at one time worked in the school system in Northern Virginia or reside here in Northern Virginia, but have worked in school systems elsewhere.
Support Collective Bargaining for Virginia Public Workers
Big news! The FCPS School Board voted unanimously to support collective bargaining rights for our states’ public workers. This is significant because Fairfax County Public Schools is the 3rd largest employer in Virginia and has opposed collective bargaining for the past 20 years. The Board’s historic vote recognizes that localities support the rights of educators to have a voice at work and the power to negotiate for improved school conditions. It is a huge victory that leads the way for other school boards in the state to follow. Most importantly, it helps chart the path to a better life for our teachers, better schools for our students and a better community for us all.
In addition, the Virginia House of Delegates took the first step toward ending decades of attacks on workers’ rights by passing HB 582, which would give all public sector workers collective bargaining rights and set up a board to oversee implementation. However, we aren’t done yet. Virginia state senators must hear from all of us so we can make this dream a reality. Send an email today and ask your senator to support collective bargaining for all Virginians by clicking this link here.
With collective bargaining, we will be able to fight for long overdue building repairs, negotiate higher compensation, and push for smaller classroom sizes. Thanks to H.B. 582 and the School Board’s policy position, this could be a reality, not just a proposal. It’s time for Virginia to give workers the respect they deserve.