AFT Plan to Safely Reopen Schools and Communities


Dear Union Members and Allies,


I am reaching out in a time of urgent need. The current window is closing for the time to create a back-to-school plan for this fall and current plans do not include adequate provisions for student, teacher, and community safety. I need your help to impress upon our leaders that we need a fall re-opening plan that meet everyone’s needs.


At AFT, we have provided the state with our suggestions for a safe school re-opening. I have included this document for you to review. We are actively working with local and state leaders to modify plans and procedures according to concrete evidence from health professionals and the latest research. We want to return to school to teach our students, and we want to do so in a scenario that is safe, sustainable, and responsive to changing conditions.


I welcome your concerns, suggestions, and help as we work together to make this happen. Please contact me directly with your feedback. I am including links that you can follow to locate and contact your local leaders to voice your opinions. They need to hear your perspective, your concerns, and suggestions. No one has the unique perspective that you have, and we need others to understand the scene of education as we see it. Your voice deserves to be heard.


Visit the link below to find your local representative. Click on the My Legislators tab, and enter your address. Click on the image of the representative and you will then see the contact information for elected officials in your area. Write a short description of your concerns and suggestions and send it off to them. Continue the conversation and express your concerns to the fullest!


In solidarity, 


Ani Ostendorff

AFT Vice President K12 Licensed Employees

AFT Utah



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Job Actions at Your Worksite


Walk In/Out Solidarity Action

  • Meet in the parking lot and all faculty/staff walk in together at the start of contract time
  • At the end of contract time, walk out together. 
  • No one works before or past contract time.
  • This is especially effective if you all get up together and walk out of a faculty/district meeting that goes overtime according to contract requirements.

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Offering More Great Bilingual Books Program

AFT Utah received $52,500 from a grant submission requesting funds from the First Book OMG Books Awards. AFT Utah received one of the largest amounts in the Nation for their Offering More Great Bilingual Books program. Working with local AFT union leaders in Salt Lake School District and Weber School District, thousands of books were distributed to teachers, students, and the Latinos in Action organization.