Library workers succeed in organizing, but still face union election

Library workers at one central Ohio library system have strived for nearly a year to organize and form a union. Steadily inching ever closer to achieving their goal, they face one more hurdle — the election to determine if the Union has the right to exist.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper has worked closely with the workers in their efforts and is proud of what they have accomplished. In the latest AWF Union Podcast, Cropper discussed the organizing drive, the challenges the workers faced and the need for an election despite being the only library in Ohio yet to unionize. Continue reading

Lawmakers take aim at Critical Race Theory throughout the U.S.

Public schools and teachers have become a frequent target for some politicians. There are a variety of reasons, ranging from how schools are funded to what is being taught in the classroom.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss school funding in Ohio, broadband issues in the state, why Critical Race Theory is currently getting so much attention and more. Continue reading

Critics cast Critical Race Theory as “anti-white”

Conservatives are pushing back against Critical Race Theory, which proponents say more accurately details the history of the U.S.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper explained Critical Race Theory, what proponents and critics say and how it has been embraced in Ohio on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed a controversial bill that could remove funding from public school districts. Continue reading

Public schools anticipate a boost in funding under President Biden

Educators are finding that the tide is turning with President Biden in office. Throughout the country school funding is being shifted away from private charter schools and back into public schools.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined AWF Union Podcast to discuss some Ohio legislation that will directly impact both public and private schools. She also discussed a bill that unnecessarily targets vulnerable students. Continue reading

Ohio schools set to reopen despite lack of teacher vaccinations

Public schools have been at the forefront of COVID-19 conversations, as some believe schools should be open for in-person instruction, while others believe schools should wait until educators can be vaccinated and provide a safe learning environment.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper gave an update on Ohio school funding, issues with some schools as they plan to reopen by March 1 and inequity experienced by urban districts on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. Continue reading

Ohio educators prepare for return to classrooms as vaccine is rolled out

As the COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled out, educators are preparing to back into the classroom with students. Although there are some questions that surround the plan.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the digital divide, the vaccine roll out and President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet nominations. Continue reading

Public educators optimistic of Biden administration despite current COVID-19 spike

Teachers and schools have been some of the most severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Trump administration. President-elect Joe Biden is giving these educators hope.

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, what it means for schools and the reassurance that President-elect Biden has brought to educators in Ohio and throughout the country. Continue reading

AFT VP makes election case for public school friendly candidates

Public education has come under fire nationwide according to American Federation of Teachers Vice President and Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper. She appeared on America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss elections in Ohio and why Joe Biden is a better candidate for public schools. Continue reading

OFT President explains back to school protocols

Ohio Federation of Teachers President Melissa Cropper discussed the problems teachers and students will encounter as they return to school amidst the pandemic when she appeared on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 8. Continue reading