Virtual Membership Meeting
January 26, 2022 4:00 pm
1. Learn about the Fair Share Amendment
2. Present Constitutional Amendment
3. Announce upcoming elections for Constitutional Officers
4. Provide negotiation update
5. Introduce CAT (Contract Action Team) and outline calendar of events
Local 4098 Members of the Month
Every Member of the Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals
Happy New Year!
On September 1, 1980, one hundred Teacher's Aides in the Springfield Public Schools formed their own union, the Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals. Their mission was to maintain and improve the conditions of the membership with respect to salaries, pensions, conditions of employment in general, and the right of freedom of expression in and out of the classroom, to advance the economic and professional interests of paraprofessionals and to provide the best education for the children we serve. Forty-one years later our membership has increased to over 700 and includes Certified Nursing Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Para-Educators and Physical Therapy Assistants and our mission remains unchanged.
The past couple of years have been challenging and as always we have met those challenges together. Every member of our local deserves to be recognized for their work in the Springfield Public Schools and for their work as a member of the Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals. We do make a difference
In the new year, we will continue to work together to support the students we serve and to support ourselves through our continued advocacy
Wishing the best to you and your loved ones and hoping that 2022 brings us the success that we deserve.
Nominate a Local 4098 Member to be the Member of the Month
Do you know a member of our unit who goes above and beyond? Would you like to nominate that person for recognition within our local?
We would like to acknowledge a single member of our unit on a monthly basis for their contributions to our members and our local.
The AFT has launched a new benefit made available at no cost to all active working members of AFT. Trauma Counseling provides up to 21 hours of counseling for members experiencing trauma of many types – but also including secondary trauma.
Secondary trauma within the context of this benefit is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another. This secondary trauma can also be known as compassion fatigue.
Our members across the country experience this secondary trauma every day in every way—never more so than in the last 18 months. And we know that the coming year will be even tougher and want them to know the AFT and their local union are here for them.