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ECONOMY AND MONEY TOP CAUSES OF STRESS FOR AMERICANS

Psychologists Recommend Staying Calm in Uncertain Times
WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As talk of falling housing prices, rising consumer debt and declining retail sales bring up worries about the nations economic health, the American Psychological Association (APA) finds that many Americans are stressed and anxious about their financial future. An APA poll on the causes of stress reports that two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans identify the economy as a significant source of stress in their lives. Three-quarters (75 percent) are stressed by money and more than one in two report that housing costs are causing them stress (56 percent). In addition, almost one half of Americans (48 percent) report that job stability is a significant cause of stress. Click here to read more

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THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES PASSED H.R. 3021, THE 21ST CENTURY GREEN HIGH-PERFORMING PUBLIC SCHOOL FACILITIES ACT, BY A VOTE OF 250-164.

This is a tremendous victory for public schools, educators and children. The legislation authorizes $6.4 billion annually to help state and school districts address school conditions that compromise learning and teaching. The bill also creates more than 100,000 well-paying construction jobs and supports AFT efforts to promote green, sustainable schools.

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DID YOU KNOW?

145+ countries guarantee paid sick days for everyone who works. But not the U.S.!
85% of restaurant workers have no paid sick days. And, 90% of food-borne illnesses that start in restaurants are traced to employees who were forced to work sick, or lose pay, or even lose their jobs. Ahhh chooo! Nearly 100 million workers dont have paid sick days to care for a sick child–and even the Center for Disease Control says sick kids should stay home so illness doesnt spread.
Almost 80% of all service sector employees (restaurants, childcare, hotels, home health, etc.) have no paid sick days. This simply isnt healthy. We all get sick. Lets do whats best for our kids, our co-workers, and our countrys health. Lets ensure liberty, justice, and a guaranteed minimum number of paid sick days for ALL! After all, no one should have to work while theyre sick.

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LOCAL UNION AFFILIATES OF THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS IN SEATTLE AND GUAM HAVE ENDORSED HR 676, SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION INTRODUCED BY CONGRESSMAN JOHN CONYERS (D-MI)

On the Pacific Island of Guam, Matt Rector, President of AFT Local 1581, reports that his local, which is the largest and fastest growing union on Guam, has also endorsed HR 676. Rector wrote of his locals endorsement: If anyone needs an incentive to support universal healthcare for every American they just need to look at the health insurance that public employees on Guam get because it is the shape of things to come for the rest of the nation. All plans have a $1500 per person deductible, with an 80-20 plan, with caps ($200 for a physical) that kick in after the deductible. Employees cannot use the plan on island for non-emergent care and must fly to the Philippines (air fare isnt included in the plan). This leaves the majority of our people without access to preventative healthcare and critical healthcare can only be afforded after lots of fundraisers, begging on the street and/or selling off assets. Every man, women and child on our island and in our nation deserves better. Quality healthcare should depend on the quality of patients need, not the quantity of their bank account.

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SCHOOLS OUT FOR THE SUMMER!!!

Only a teacher knows what a relief those five words are. No matter how dedicated, talented, or committed a teacher is, doing the job takes a heavy toll. Which is why summer is a much needed battery recharger. Anyone that disbelieves this is invited to take GFTs Work a Day in our Shoes challenge, where a non-teacher spends an entire day doing a teachers job. There is a reason GPSS is short over 400 fully qualified teachers. If anyone would like to take the challenge just hit reply and your name will be placed on the list for next school year.