Monday, September 20, 2010

President Parker's Voice Message

The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) is aware that some of our members were unable to successfully complete their online registration for dental benefits by last Friday’s deadline, September 17th. To ensure that all members are properly registered and receive any needed assistance from the WTU in completing the online registration process, the deadline has been extended until this Friday, September 24th. If you need assistance in completing the registration process, please contact the WTU office by email, telephone or fax for assistance. The WTU Benefits Office requests and appreciates your patience while we assist our members in resolving any online registration difficulties.


The WTU and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) have successfully reached an agreement that will end WTU litigation regarding voter eligibility and timeline for conducting the WTU elections. The WTU Executive Board is in agreement with the AFT Executive Council’s decision and order to conduct the WTU internal election under the conditions as agreed in bringing WTU’s litigation to closure. Members will soon receive an election schedule and timeline from AFT Election Administrator Al Squire. We thank you for your patience as we successfully achieved a resolution to this issue.

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