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YOUR aft Union for Education Professionals
Welcome, New FCPS Employees!
Welcome to FCPS! We are excited to have you join our community as we enter what will surely be an unpredictable year. Whatever happens, we know that you’re here as a professional ready to help our students succeed. As you navigate your new role, you inevitably will have questions, concerns, and ideas, and, as the President of the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers, I would like to assure you that all of your needs and thoughts matter. I encourage you to speak up and to reach out because you deserve support and you deserve to be heard.
Here are a few tips for making your transition to FCPS a smooth one:
Become a member of FCFT and receive your new member kit
Join the FCFT Worksite Team at your school, to ensure you are connected with co-workers and plugged into your union community. Email email@example.com to join.
Please feel free to reach out to me at any time.
Tina Williams, FCFT President
Who is Fairfax County Federation of Teachers?
FCFT is our union of FCPS employees who have, over the past 48 years, come together to address all of our individual needs and problems collectively. Whether you’re a bus driver, a custodian, food service worker, IA, counselor, specialist, teacher or other staff, you can have a say over your work–you can be empowered–if you stand with one another. And that is FCFT. We are the union for all non-administrative FCPS employees, and we stand together to make sure every last one of us has the resources, training, and support we need for our work and our students to thrive.
What does it mean to be an FCFT Member?
Lyndsie G., School Based Technology Specialist: “After virtual learning I understood that being part of a union means strength through having a unified voice... Working through FCFT has given me a platform for advocacy and confidence in being an advocate.”
Nonye O., IB Coordination Teacher: “The union has provided me with professional development to understand what I’m expected to do and how to act as a professional, which has been very impactful for me as an educator.”
Larry L., Physical Education Teacher, “Bottom line, being with FCFT gives me the opportunity to make a difference.”
As an FCFT member, you’ll be supported by union staff trained in FCPS policies and regulations and adept at bringing people together to organize for change. Union staff can guide you when you face issues on the job. But being in a union isn’t just about support and protection, it’s also about working for change. As a member-driven union, FCFT members are involved in activism and organizing to make FCPS better.
Why Join FCFT?
It’s a vital time to join FCFT. We’re organizing to protect students, families, and staff by making sure the county’s reopening plan is safe and science-based. From rigorous testing and contact tracing to the widespread distribution of PPE, our 11 Pillars for a Safe Reopening offer concrete steps for ensuring the safety of the FCPS community. Our members are also working to enrich the experience of Digital Learning by advocating for practical solutions such as expanded training and distribution of necessary at-home technology as well as greater collaboration between teachers and support staff.
If you believe in advancing the mission of public education, then stand with your fellow educators, specialists and educational support professionals and become a member of FCFT. We are part of the larger American labor movement, affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million members and the AFL-CIO, and we are working to bring collective bargaining rights to all non-administrative FCPS employees because we’ve seen it: we’re all stronger when we stand, speak, and bargain as one.
Join us by filling out an application here: https://www.fcft.org/join-now
or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
And browse our website for more information!