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The purpose of this is to share with you the results of the EP AFT 2022 Officer Elections.

1.  Nominating Petition Period closed after resuming for two weeks on Friday, April 1st, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

2.  The Constitutionally mandated three person EPAFT Election Committee met on Friday, April 1st, 2022, at 5:00 PM.  Ray McMurray, Texas AFT Secretary Treasurer attended via Zoom to observe and provide advice and assistance to the Committee members.

3.  As mandated by Article VI Election Procedures, Section 2 and Section 4, Subsection 1, of the EP AFT Constitution, the Election Committee reviewed for


The purpose of this E-Mail is to announce the resumption of the EP AFT 2022 Officer Election Cycle which was paused on March 13th, 2020 by the EP AFT E-Board in coordination with Texas AFT and AFT.  Criteria metrics based on CDC School Spread Risk matrix for resuming were set in February 2021 by the EP AFT E-Board in coordination with Texas AFT and AFT.

While the criteria have not been met, the holistic Public Health situation has fundamentally changed as we appear to be starting the transition from pandemic to endemic. 

Based on:

The past two week’s numbers;

A general downwards trend since the


The EP AFT Officers, Staff and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Safe, Happy Holidays.


Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

The purpose of this posting is to update you on your EP AFT Elections.

The 2020 EP AFT election cycle was ”paused” on Friday, March 13th, 2020 by the Executive Board, after consultation and coordination with AFT and Texas AFT, based on the Public Health situation, the high risk of community and school spread of COVID-19 and the form of our election process.  The El Paso American Federation of Teacher’s Executive Board voted unanimously on March 17th, 2020 to:

     “Pause our election process at where it was on Friday, March 13th 2020. That is one week into the three-week nomination process.”




The purpose of this is to provide you a Daily COVID Situation Update.

SHORT VERSION – 12.16.2021

1.  CDC School Spread Risk/Threshold Level – RED - HIGHEST risk of transmission in schools - 4.86 on a scale of 5.0.

2.  TSA-I COVID-19 Hospitalization Rate – 14 Day Average (CDC Standard) – 20.43%.

3.  7-Day Rolling Positive Average Rate: 18.12%.

4. There were 434 more total cases reported yesterday, and 400 were reported as “new”.

5.  Herd Immunity Reached? – NOPE.  And given Breakthrough infections, it may be irrelevant.

     Percentage of 5-11 Age Bracket Partially Vaccinated: 0.00%. Not reported


The purpose of this is to share extracts an excellent Podcast transcript, keeping it focused on you and what you are facing.  This is the first of a four-part E-mail discussing the three problems, non-solutions, solutions, and a Call to Inaction.

Yesterday was Part 1 – The Problem.

Today is Part 2 – Things that are not the Solution.

Thursday is Part 3 – Real Solutions Keyed to Real Problems.

Friday is Part 4 – A Call to Inaction



(It is time for a Reality Check.) Before we talk about the things that will really make conditions better for teachers, here’s a