AFT - American Federation of Teachers

AFT - American Federation of Teachers A Union of Professionals. We are 1.7 million teachers, paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, government employees, healthcare workers, and early childhood educators.
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The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and represents nearly 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates and 1.6 million members. Five divisions within the AFT represent the broad spectrum of the AFT’s membership: pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and health professionals. In addition, the AFT represents approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members. The AFT is governed by its elected officers and by delegates to the union’s biennial convention, which sets union policy. Elected leaders are Randi Weingarten, president; Lorretta Johnson, secretary-treasurer; Mary Cathryn Ricker, executive vice president; and a 43-member executive council. Many well-known Americans have been AFT members, including John Dewey, Albert Einstein, Hubert Humphrey, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan Mike Mansfield, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, and former United Nations Under-Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche.

Mission: The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

This obstruction and lack of cooperation from the Trump administration is costing us time, resources, and lives. It’s co...
12/24/2020
‘A real mess’: Trump is leaving behind crises and undermining Biden before he takes office

This obstruction and lack of cooperation from the Trump administration is costing us time, resources, and lives. It’s completely unacceptable.

In a situation without precedent in American history, one president is ending his term amid a global emergency while seeking to delegitimize a successor — and floating the prospect of mounting a four-year campaign to return to power.

Schools need more resources, more frequent COVID-19 testing & action by policymakers to drive down community cases—or el...
12/24/2020
Quarantines Leave Schools Scrambling for Substitute Teachers

Schools need more resources, more frequent COVID-19 testing & action by policymakers to drive down community cases—or else educators won’t feel safe at school. These safeguards are vital & imperative.

“Principals are covering classrooms.”

Paraprofessionals and school-related personnel around the country are doing everything in their power to bring connectiv...
12/24/2020
These Buses Bring School to Students

Paraprofessionals and school-related personnel around the country are doing everything in their power to bring connectivity to their districts’ students.

Remote learning is extra hard for millions of students who lack reliable internet at home. Wi-Fi buses are the solution in this Michigan community.

12/23/2020

Throughout this difficult year, the tireless work that our educators, healthcare professionals, public employees, activists, and supporters do have lifted our nation out of an excruciatingly grim time. However, as we look forward to a fresh start in 2021, we want to take a moment to celebrate you and all we’ve achieved together. Every person in America deserves the right to thrive, and through the work we do in education, health care, public service and the labor movement, we fight for that right every day for our members, our families, our communities, and all those we serve.

Dr. Miguel Cardona is not just a proud product of public schools—he’s made strengthening public education and fighting f...
12/22/2020
AFT on Nomination of Dr. Miguel Cardona as Education Secretary

Dr. Miguel Cardona is not just a proud product of public schools—he’s made strengthening public education and fighting for equity his life’s work. He will transform the Education Department to help students thrive. https://www.aft.org/press-release/aft-nomination-dr-miguel-cardona-education-secretary

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden nominated Miguel A. Cardona to be the next U.S. secretary of education:

Happening tonight! Join PBS NewsHour for a Zoom discussion with school support staffers. This is your chance to tell you...
12/22/2020

Happening tonight! Join PBS NewsHour for a Zoom discussion with school support staffers. This is your chance to tell your communities about the important work you do.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/zoom12-22

Being physically distant doesn’t mean being emotionally distant. As the winter holidays approach, we must limit travel a...
12/22/2020
As Christmas Nears, Virus Experts Look for Lessons From Thanksgiving

Being physically distant doesn’t mean being emotionally distant. As the winter holidays approach, we must limit travel and large gatherings. Help #StopTheSpread.

Public health experts warned that large holiday gatherings would spread the coronavirus broadly. Weeks later, the data is complicated.

While we're disappointed this package excludes state and local funds, Congress's COVID-19 emergency relief bill is absol...
12/21/2020
Congress Strikes Long-Sought Stimulus Deal to Provide $900 Billion in Aid

While we're disappointed this package excludes state and local funds, Congress's COVID-19 emergency relief bill is absolutely vital for families, schools, kids & small businesses.

Democrats and Republicans said they had an agreement on another round of pandemic aid, including direct payments to Americans, jobless benefits and funds for businesses and vaccine distribution.

✅Direct payments of $600 ✅$300 weekly enhancement in unemployment benefits ✅Extend two other unemployment programs✅Reope...
12/21/2020
Here's what's in the second stimulus package

✅Direct payments of $600
✅$300 weekly enhancement in unemployment benefits
✅Extend two other unemployment programs
✅Reopen small business loan program
✅Aid for schools and childcare
✅Extend eviction protection
✅Aid for nutrition assistance

Leaders in the House and Senate reached an agreement late Sunday on a $900 billion pandemic relief bill that includes enhanced unemployment benefits and direct cash payments.

Attention, support staffers! Don't forget to RSVP for PBS NewsHour's upcoming Zoom discussion on Tuesday, 12/22. This is...
12/20/2020

Attention, support staffers! Don't forget to RSVP for PBS NewsHour's upcoming Zoom discussion on Tuesday, 12/22. This is your chance to tell your communities about the important work you do. RSVP: http://bit.ly/zoom12-22

"As this year filled with so much loss, hardship and trauma draws to a close, I am grateful for signs of hope for the Ne...
12/20/2020

"As this year filled with so much loss, hardship and trauma draws to a close, I am grateful for signs of hope for the New Year."

Pres. Weingarten's monthly column in The New York Times is live now! https://www.aft.org/column/new-hope-new-year

12/20/2020
Video: Women rally behind Jill Biden after WSJ op-ed asks her to drop 'Dr.'

“There are many things in this world that we can argue and debate about…but whether we should denigrate women for their professional achievements, that’s not a point on which we can argue.”

Former first lady Michelle Obama was among those coming to the defense of the future first lady, who has a doctorate in education.

We can no longer ignore climate change as a threat to our health and safety. That’s why at our convention this year, we ...
12/19/2020
The New York Times on Twitter

We can no longer ignore climate change as a threat to our health and safety. That’s why at our convention this year, we passed a Green New Deal resolution: To address and curb climate change, and create safe communities & good clean jobs.

“A 9-year-old girl who suffered a fatal asthma attack in 2013 has become the first person in Britain to officially have air pollution listed as a cause of death. “The principal source of her exposure was traffic emissions,” an assistant coroner said. https://t.co/DT5GIr57Ff”

This is huge: Soon, Americans will be able to be tested for #COVID19 from the safety and comfort of their own home, no m...
12/18/2020
FDA Authorizes 1st Home Coronavirus Test That Doesn't Require A Prescription

This is huge: Soon, Americans will be able to be tested for #COVID19 from the safety and comfort of their own home, no matter insurance status.

The new tests produce results completely at home within 15 minutes. Experts say they could be a 'game-changer' in helping people find out quickly if they need to isolate.

This emergency relief is the first step the American people need.
12/18/2020
Biden says approaching coronavirus relief deal would be a 'down payment'

This emergency relief is the first step the American people need.

President-elect Joe Biden on Wednesday commended the latest progress toward a bipartisan coronavirus relief package but described it as a “down payment” on what will ultimately need to be enacted early next year.

Right now, Congress is working on a much-needed COVID-19 relief to invest in public education, extend unemployment benef...
12/17/2020
Pass a COVID-19 Relief Bill NOW

Right now, Congress is working on a much-needed COVID-19 relief to invest in public education, extend unemployment benefits, get resources to families in need, fund food and housing assistance, invest in healthcare and mental health services,.extend the Paycheck Protection Program, and provide funds for vaccine distribution and COVID-19 testing and tracing.

We need YOU to write to your lawmakers and tell them to pass this emergency COVID-19 funding, and then share this post with your friends and family so they do the same.

Congress is working on an emergency COVID-19 relief package that would extend the unemployment benefits, give working families a survival check and access to life-saving benefits like food and housing assistance, extend the Paycheck Protection Program, assist with vaccine distribution and COVID-19 t...

PBS News Hour is holding a special COVID-19 discussion for school support staff to learn more about how nurses, custodia...
12/17/2020

PBS News Hour is holding a special COVID-19 discussion for school support staff to learn more about how nurses, custodians, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, maintenance workers, office assistants, drivers, college support staff, and more are weathering the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage our school support staffers to join the conversation and tell the world what you wish more people knew about the important work that you do every day.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/zoom12-22

Congress is working on an emergency COVID-19 relief package that would extend the unemployment benefits, give working fa...
12/16/2020
Pass a COVID-19 Relief Bill NOW

Congress is working on an emergency COVID-19 relief package that would extend the unemployment benefits, give working families a survival check and access to life-saving benefits like food and housing assistance, extend the Paycheck Protection Program, assist with vaccine distribution and COVID-19 testing and tracing, and invest millions into public schools to provide the safety guardrails we’ve been advocating for since May.

Tell your lawmakers to pass an emergency COVID-19 relief bill NOW, and share this letter with your friends & families.

Congress is working on an emergency COVID-19 relief package that would extend the unemployment benefits, give working families a survival check and access to life-saving benefits like food and housing assistance, extend the Paycheck Protection Program, assist with vaccine distribution and COVID-19 t...

Because of DeVos’s “resistance,” thousands of public schools have no resources to reopen safely,. Because of her “resist...
12/16/2020
DeVos urges career staff to ‘be the resistance’ as Biden takes over

Because of DeVos’s “resistance,” thousands of public schools have no resources to reopen safely,. Because of her “resistance,” thousands of student loan borrowers have fewer avenues for justice and repayment.

The secretary's remarks come after nearly four years of frequently sparring with the career employees of her department.

Even though the COVID-19 recession is exacerbating the inequality and instability in higher education, college and unive...
12/16/2020
A True New Deal for Higher Education: How a Stimulus for Higher Ed Can Advance Progressive Policy Goals - Roosevelt Institute

Even though the COVID-19 recession is exacerbating the inequality and instability in higher education, college and university leadership has responded by doubling down on the same failed practices of the past 20 years.

We need a True New Deal for higher education.

Briefs Education, Jobs and Worker Power A True New Deal for Higher Education: How a Stimulus for Higher Ed Can Advance Progressive Policy Goals December 16, 2020 By Suzanne Kahn, Jennifer Mittelstadt, Lisa Levenstein Download Brief Share Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Twitter Share t...

Unlike walking or talking, learning to read is not a natural process. For many students, especially those with reading d...
12/15/2020

Unlike walking or talking, learning to read is not a natural process. For many students, especially those with reading disabilities, carefully planned instruction is necessary. Two literacy experts explain how instruction, assessments and interventions can be organized in a system focused on prevention and coordinated professional development so that the vast majority of students learn to read.

Read more: http://www.aft.org/ae/winter2020-2021/vaughn_fletcher

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Randi Weingarten . you call me a dishonest divider and conspiracy theorist when I asked why you supported this Man. You said you would know if he was an antisemite... I think NOT!! https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/293380?fbclid=IwAR2W9LaUOi-aMPZIDcnMcnJg3MR_9DR1r37I3YnhzPTS_Iuu2O7un3P5vBYNDI
Randy weingarten called me a liar and a conspiacy thorist when i questioned warnocks attiude about jews she shut my mike and called me a liar. https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/farrakhan-warnock-the-jews/2020/12/03/?fbclid=IwAR3HBdOmTYPhbIUkUD7FiepFSl3pNSyBbSJJl_QJSMo2DQAFqF9usneDxRw
I was a union Memeber and rep and leader for my entire career. THIS IS NOT my union. This is a radical far left take over. Weingarten is a dictator. She squashes the voices of her teachers and presents lies and false info. OPEN the conversation . we are here for the children and teachers. NOT for POLITICKS> we are being used as weapons. THIS AFT DOES NOT REPRESENT ME or the teachers or the students
RANDI WEINGARTEN is a DISGRACE. I gave accurate information about the antisemitic and other offensive policies of Senate candidate Warnock. She shut my mike off and them proceeded to call me a liar and a conspiracy theorist. She sited Jstreet which IS an anti Israel group masquerading as pro Israel to discredit me. She told false and misleading information to the entire group about this man who is a marxist, who supports Reverend Wright a man even Barack Hussein Obama walked away from. I could post many articles about Warnock in his own words. The point is more that We have members on both sides of the aisle. RAndi uses her position to spew lies and garbage and a ONE sided voice . She shuts down any discussion by discrediting her members. She needs to go. since when is she allowed to use her position to proselytize to us.? to humiliate and discredit and not allow a member to answer when she is NOT giving accurate information??
Desantis has been hiding facts on the virus since the beginning. DISGRACEFUL!
60 million children are without a real education. This is outrageous. Children are statically immune to Covid-19. And no, they do not transmit the disease. Read the "science". Teachers of all ages have at least a 99.5% chance of survival. The vast majority will have a 99.9% chance. While professing "love" for "their" kids, they send dues to a teachers' union that sends more money to the Democrat Party than any other entity. Our children are suffering because the Left, led by Liberal teachers HATE Trump and refuse to go to work. WE are paying them to HATE Trump AND neglect our children. Shame on our nations' teachers. Shame on the Department of Education and shame on those that think HATE is an excuse for hate. It is time to ban all self-serving teachers' unions and disband the counterproductive Depart. of Education. If you voted Democrat you literally don't know what you are doing.
GEORGIA VOTERS CAN SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY AND HUMBLE CURMUDGEON, MITCH MCCONNELL. The worst person in Washington, DC IS not TRUMP, but Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell. TRUMP is a dumb, useful idiot who spent his time bullying, hating, lying, and stealing. He did not take the time or have the intellect to learn how the government worked. McConnell was the puppeteer and TRUMP was the puppet. President Biden will give us a stimulus package that includes $2,000 a month for each deserving adult, $600 per week added to unemployment, forgiveness for most students loans, job training, grants and low -cost loans to small businesses, health care, and a joint plan with governors and mayors to slow down and stop the spread of Covid-19. Biden needs Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock the two Democrats running for the U.S. Senate to make Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Benjamin Mays, Rev. Joseph Lowery, John Lewis, Stacey Abrams and our dream happen in 2021, the acceptable year of our Lord. I know only a few people in Georgia, my first Cousin Alfred and his family. I will call Alfred and ask him to work for and vote for these good and qualified men. I will tell Alfred there are two seconds left in the NBA finals and he, and all the kind- hearted voters in Georgia, are beyond the three-point line with the game on the line as they shoot a “Hall of Fame, Dominque Wilkins like” jump shot and hit all net. There comes a point in everyone’s lives when we ask our higher power for a second chance. If you are like me, I do not live in Georgia, we have a second chance to do two things. Send a small donation and or contact someone in Georgia and encourage them to save us all by voting. We Democrats will take control of the Senate and our United States successful, to this point, the experiment with democracy lives on for another four years. To thank our higher power and put our “love train” back on the track, the following will happen: President Biden will sit at the Steinway piano in the oval office, play ,and sing his Ray Charles, soulful version of “Georgia”. Then in the East Room, Vice-President Kamala Harris, Chuck Schumer, Jim Clayborn, and Barack Obama will dance and sing Gladys Knight and the Pips’ rendition of the “Midnight Train to Georgia”. They both will drop their mikes when finished. (SMILE) Will you make the best use of your second chance??
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