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.

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 profession

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 profession

On #CitizenshipDay2021, we celebrate the contributions of all of America’s 44 million immigrants, a diverse community ma...
09/17/2021

On #CitizenshipDay2021, we celebrate the contributions of all of America’s 44 million immigrants, a diverse community made up of naturalized citizens, permanent residents & undocumented immigrants ready for a path to citizenship. Let’s get it done.

On #CitizenshipDay2021, we celebrate the contributions of all of America’s 44 million immigrants, a diverse community made up of naturalized citizens, permanent residents & undocumented immigrants ready for a path to citizenship. Let’s get it done.

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Use this curated collection from Share My Lesson to commemorate the hist...
09/17/2021
Hispanic Heritage Month Activities and Resources

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. Use this curated collection from Share My Lesson to commemorate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans with your students. These preK-12 activities, lesson plans and classroom resources will help engage your students and bring new ideas to life.

#6 Collection of 2020 Use this curated collection to commemorate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic-Americans with your students during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. These K-12 lesson plans, activities and classroom resources will help enga...

09/17/2021
Back to School for All in Lawrence, MA

Lawrence Teachers Union is making sure the new school year is safe with a “Back to School for All” fair offering vaccinations, books, school supplies, and fun activities for families. With the district in state receivership, the union has made sure mask mandates are in place and safety precautions followed. #Back2School

For decades, too many politicians and corporate leaders have ignored the needs of working people and directed profits al...
09/17/2021
Moral Policy = Good Economics

For decades, too many politicians and corporate leaders have ignored the needs of working people and directed profits almost entirely to the wealthy, allowing inequality to grow and poverty to become almost inescapable—especially for people of color. But we have the power to fight back. This article, from The Poor People’s Campaign and the Economic Policy Institute, shows how commonsense economic and labor reforms, like investing in universal healthcare and safe communities and upholding the right to form and join unions, can lift up working families and improve the health and well-being of our nation.

Lifting Up Poor and Working-Class People—and Our Whole Economy By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, Shailly Gupta Barnes, Josh Bivens, Krista Faries, Thea Lee, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis When the coronavirus pandemic arrived, the United States was already deeply unequal. Before the pandemic, 140 million ...

“There’s been only one day in the 22 years I’ve worked that they didn’t need me to drive a route. We are the first and l...
09/16/2021
Will the Bus Driver Ever Come? Or the Substitute Teacher or Cafeteria Worker?

“There’s been only one day in the 22 years I’ve worked that they didn’t need me to drive a route. We are the first and last ones that students see in the morning, so our job is very important and, sometimes, we don’t get that acknowledgment.”

In order to recruit and retain school support staffers to help kids thrive, we need to make sure they're fairly compensated for their work.

Just weeks into the new year, schools are struggling to fill jobs. Low pay, few benefits and erratic schedules are keeping workers away.

09/16/2021
Back to School in Environmental Education, Petaluma, CA

The purpose and promise of public education is being realized in Petaluma, CA with environmental programs that give students hands-on opportunities to learn and thrive. High school students run a wildlife museum visited by 3000+ elementary school students a year. And Casa Grande H.S. students run a fully functional fish hatchery raising Coho Salmon. #PublicSchoolProud #Back2School

Happy Thursday! It's time for some #COVID19 myth-busting: vaccine edition. 💉 Reminder: we do not tolerate misinformation...
09/16/2021

Happy Thursday! It's time for some #COVID19 myth-busting: vaccine edition. 💉

Reminder: we do not tolerate misinformation on our page. Comments with misinformation, personal attacks on our members or officers, and inappropriate language are subject to moderation.

Happy Thursday! It's time for some #COVID19 myth-busting: vaccine edition. 💉

Reminder: we do not tolerate misinformation on our page. Comments with misinformation, personal attacks on our members or officers, and inappropriate language are subject to moderation.

To thrive, our youth need to be learning in person, in safe and welcoming environments that nurture student development ...
09/15/2021

To thrive, our youth need to be learning in person, in safe and welcoming environments that nurture student development and offer many opportunities to engage in authentic, purpose-driven learning. In the latest issue of American Educator, educators, religious leaders, and economists call for transformative policies to create an economy that works for all, instructional practices that consider the whole child and prioritize learning over testing, and investments in our public colleges and universities that will end austerity and the burden of student debt.

Read more: www.aft.org/ae/fall2021

To thrive, our youth need to be learning in person, in safe and welcoming environments that nurture student development and offer many opportunities to engage in authentic, purpose-driven learning. In the latest issue of American Educator, educators, religious leaders, and economists call for transformative policies to create an economy that works for all, instructional practices that consider the whole child and prioritize learning over testing, and investments in our public colleges and universities that will end austerity and the burden of student debt.

Read more: www.aft.org/ae/fall2021

09/15/2021
Back to School in Petaluma, California.

In this extraordinary time, teachers and school staff are hard at work, as they have been since the start of this pandemic, to create safe and welcoming environments in every school so we can help kids not only recover from the disruptions of the past eighteen months, but to thrive. #Back2School

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! To educate your communities and your students on the importance of this month, check out S...
09/15/2021

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! To educate your communities and your students on the importance of this month, check out Share My Lesson 's Hispanic Heritage Month resources and lesson plans now! 👉 https://sharemylesson.com/collections/hispanic-heritage-month-activities

Happy #HispanicHeritageMonth! To educate your communities and your students on the importance of this month, check out Share My Lesson 's Hispanic Heritage Month resources and lesson plans now! 👉 https://sharemylesson.com/collections/hispanic-heritage-month-activities

To thrive, our youth need to be learning in person, in safe and welcoming environments that nurture student development ...
09/15/2021

To thrive, our youth need to be learning in person, in safe and welcoming environments that nurture student development and offer many opportunities to engage in authentic, purpose-driven learning.

In the latest issue of American Educator, educators, religious leaders, and economists call for transformative policies to create an economy that works for all, instructional practices that consider the whole child and prioritize learning over testing, and investments in our public colleges and universities that will end austerity and the burden of student debt.

Check it out: www.aft.org/ae/fall2021

To thrive, our youth need to be learning in person, in safe and welcoming environments that nurture student development and offer many opportunities to engage in authentic, purpose-driven learning.

In the latest issue of American Educator, educators, religious leaders, and economists call for transformative policies to create an economy that works for all, instructional practices that consider the whole child and prioritize learning over testing, and investments in our public colleges and universities that will end austerity and the burden of student debt.

Check it out: www.aft.org/ae/fall2021

09/15/2021
Vaccines work. Vaccines are safe. And vaccines save lives.

Nurses and educators continue to advocate for masks, vaccines and safety mitigation protocols to create safe and welcoming environments in every school so we can help kids not only recover from the disruptions of the past 18 months, but to thrive.

Great news out of California tonight: Voters rejected the recall! Congratulations to Governor Gavin Newsom!
09/15/2021

Great news out of California tonight: Voters rejected the recall! Congratulations to Governor Gavin Newsom!

Great news out of California tonight: Voters rejected the recall! Congratulations to Governor Gavin Newsom!

09/14/2021
Randi Weingarten on CNN 9/14/21

"I think we have to get through the disinformation, and we have to find ways that the public knows - starting with educators, healthcare workers, employers are all over - that these vaccines are safe and effective."

Watch & share: Randi Weingarten talks to CNN about #COVID19, vaccines, safety mitigation factors, and back to school.

ATTN CALIFORNIA  📣 Today is the last day to vote NO on the recall.Gov. Gavin Newsom has stood up for public schools. Und...
09/14/2021

ATTN CALIFORNIA 📣 Today is the last day to vote NO on the recall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has stood up for public schools. Under his leadership, we’ve expanded funding for K-12 education in California. He’s worked closely with educators and our unions to make sure we have a seat at the table. He respects our voice and shares our values. And
Gov. Newsom has consistently stood up to the Betsy DeVos agenda.

ATTN CALIFORNIA 📣 Today is the last day to vote NO on the recall.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has stood up for public schools. Under his leadership, we’ve expanded funding for K-12 education in California. He’s worked closely with educators and our unions to make sure we have a seat at the table. He respects our voice and shares our values. And
Gov. Newsom has consistently stood up to the Betsy DeVos agenda.

09/14/2021

This afternoon President Randi Weingarten is joining the Declaration for American Democracy's #FinishTheJob rally at the US Capitol.

Regardless of political affiliation, every voter has an unalienable right to have a voice in our democracy and a say in how we’re governed. The freedom to vote is key to the freedom to thrive.

The man poised to become governor if the recall succeeds is a DeVos acolyte who has threatened to fire up to 21,000 teac...
09/14/2021

The man poised to become governor if the recall succeeds is a DeVos acolyte who has threatened to fire up to 21,000 teachers on Day One. Prominent friends and backers of Betsy DeVos and her failed agenda have poured money into the California recall, in hopes of getting her elected. Vote NO on the Sept 14 recall. https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov

The man poised to become governor if the recall succeeds is a DeVos acolyte who has threatened to fire up to 21,000 teachers on Day One. Prominent friends and backers of Betsy DeVos and her failed agenda have poured money into the California recall, in hopes of getting her elected. Vote NO on the Sept 14 recall. https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov

09/14/2021
Randi Weingarten on MSNBC

"There's two things we have to do: We have to reopen schools and keep them open, and we have to make sure everyone in schools are safe."

ICYMI: Randi Weingarten talked to MSNBC about #Back2School, vaccines, and more.

The man poised to become governor if the recall succeeds is a DeVos acolyte who has threatened to fire up to 21,000 teac...
09/14/2021

The man poised to become governor if the recall succeeds is a DeVos acolyte who has threatened to fire up to 21,000 teachers on Day One. Prominent friends and backers of Betsy DeVos and her failed agenda have poured money into the California recall, in hopes of getting her elected. Vote NO on the Sept 14 recall. https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov

The man poised to become governor if the recall succeeds is a DeVos acolyte who has threatened to fire up to 21,000 teachers on Day One. Prominent friends and backers of Betsy DeVos and her failed agenda have poured money into the California recall, in hopes of getting her elected. Vote NO on the Sept 14 recall. https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov

The governors of Florida and Texas have banned universal masking in schools. Unmasked school outbreaks have infected tea...
09/13/2021

The governors of Florida and Texas have banned universal masking in schools. Unmasked school outbreaks have infected teachers and students alike— causing massive quarantines, disruptions & school closures. Larry Elder wants to follow in Texas and Florida’s failed footsteps by banning mask mandates— endangering students, teachers, and staff. We can’t afford to make the same mistake. Vote NO on the September 14 recall. https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov

The governors of Florida and Texas have banned universal masking in schools. Unmasked school outbreaks have infected teachers and students alike— causing massive quarantines, disruptions & school closures. Larry Elder wants to follow in Texas and Florida’s failed footsteps by banning mask mandates— endangering students, teachers, and staff. We can’t afford to make the same mistake. Vote NO on the September 14 recall. https://caearlyvoting.sos.ca.gov

09/13/2021
Randi Weingarten on BNC

"Vaccines are a way of life, and we have to make sure the people who are hesitant, we try to give them options. But we need to actually have vaccines & work with our employers on vaccine requirements."

Watch & RT: @rweingarten talked to @BNCnews about #Back2School.

California voters have until tomorrow to VOTE NO on the recall!
09/13/2021

California voters have until tomorrow to VOTE NO on the recall!

California voters have until tomorrow to VOTE NO on the recall!

Photos from Scranton Federation of Teachers Local 1147's post
09/13/2021

Photos from Scranton Federation of Teachers Local 1147's post

There are just a few days left to stop the recall. Governor Newsom has stood with educators and public schools, now it's...
09/12/2021

There are just a few days left to stop the recall. Governor Newsom has stood with educators and public schools, now it's time to stand with him. Vote NO on the recall!

There are just a few days left to stop the recall. Governor Newsom has stood with educators and public schools, now it's time to stand with him. Vote NO on the recall!

Today we remember those we have loved and lost, and honor those whose acts of bravery and kindness restore our souls. An...
09/11/2021
Reflections on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 during unprecedented times

Today we remember those we have loved and lost, and honor those whose acts of bravery and kindness restore our souls. And tomorrow we fight for a more perfect union. - AFT President Randi Weingarten

https://aftvoices.org/reflections-on-the-20th-anniversary-of-9-11-during-unprecedented-times-acd678c05ab8

Sept. 11, 2001, was primary day, and I was in Brooklyn getting out the vote when the sound of an explosion stopped me and my colleagues in…

Today we honor and remember the AFT members who were killed on 9/11. Twenty years later we still hold these members and ...
09/11/2021

Today we honor and remember the AFT members who were killed on 9/11. Twenty years later we still hold these members and their families in our hearts. #NeverForget

Today we honor and remember the AFT members who were killed on 9/11. Twenty years later we still hold these members and their families in our hearts. #NeverForget

09/11/2021

On this day, we remember six members of the DCPS family we lost 20 years ago: students Asia Cottom, Bernard Brown, and Rodney Dickens, and teachers Hilda Taylor, James Debeuneure, and Sarah Clark.

They were chosen to participate in a trip to study ecology in California beside National Geographic Society researchers. On September 11, 2001, less than 35 minutes into the trip, their flight was hijacked. At 9:37 a.m., the plane crashed into the Pentagon. All passengers on board were killed, and 125 Pentagon employees lost their lives.

Asia was a new student at Backus Middle School. Her father worked at the school as a coach and a classroom aide. Teachers remembered Asia as kindhearted and eager to help her classmates.

Bernard was the type of student who kept teachers on their toes at Leckie Elementary School. Bernard’s teachers agreed that he was showing real progress, and that was one of the reasons why he was recommended to participate in the trip. He loved basketball and wanted to play professionally one day.

Rodney always made the honor roll at Ketcham Elementary School. His mother expected him to be a role model for his two younger brothers, as his two older sisters had been for him. His favorite activity was watching professional wrestling—no matter what he was doing, “…he made it home to see wrestling,” his aunt remembered.

Asia, Bernard, and Rodney were each 11 years old.

Hilda Taylor was a veteran teacher at Leckie Elementary School, teaching 6th grade. Originally from Sierra Leone, she immigrated to the United States to create a better life for her family. Ms. Taylor was a mother and a grandmother.

James Debeuneure returned to the classroom as a second career. He was a 5th grade teacher at Ketcham Elementary School. He was known for arriving early and leaving late. Mr. Debeuneure was a father of three.

Sarah Clark began teaching in DCPS in 1965 and worked as a 6th grade teacher at Backus Middle School. She was engaged to be married. Ms. Clark was a mother of two.

Asia, Bernard, Rodney, Hilda, James, and Sarah are forever in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies remain with their families.

09/11/2021
Union members choose Union Plus Credit Cards because they're designed with benefits that matter – like hardship assistan...
09/11/2021

Union members choose Union Plus Credit Cards because they're designed with benefits that matter – like hardship assistance, competitive rates and much more. AFT members only can learn more here: https://unionplus.deals/ttp

Union members choose Union Plus Credit Cards because they're designed with benefits that matter – like hardship assistance, competitive rates and much more. AFT members only can learn more here: https://unionplus.deals/ttp

The Perth Amboy Federation - AFT effort is part of the AFT’s investment of $5 million to award grants covering more than...
09/10/2021
AFT grant helps Perth Amboy Federation promote vaccinations, literacy

The Perth Amboy Federation - AFT effort is part of the AFT’s investment of $5 million to award grants covering more than 1,800 AFT affiliates.

The grants are being used to engage and rebuild trust with parents and our communities and get our kids back in schools safely.

AFT-NJ’s Perth Amboy Federation of Teachers is using its Return, Recover and Reimagine grant from the national union for a vaccination and literacy campaign, teaming up with an ever-growing group of community organizations to do trusted, effective outreach. At an Aug. 11 event at the Raritan Bay A...

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Welcome Back: School in the Time of COVID – Alan Singer on Daily Kos
RE: Your libelous Statement by the AFT Guild, Local 1931 regarding the Occupied Palestinian Territories (09/05/2021) Israel was re-constituted by the UN and agreed to by the nations in 1947. The land given back to them was far smaller than promised under the Post WW1 Allied Powers and Balfour agreements (which included all the West Bank and Jordan: The name of this British League of Nations Mandate, was called Trans Jordan, and won by the West from the Ottoman Turks. The Jews voted to accept it, as an opportunity to live peacefully in a land they have had claim to for 4,000 years, even with the loss of 80% of the best lands taken from them to create an Arab Palestine, a name not in use by them until the 60’s by Arafat. The misnomered name of the West Bank, was, Judea (JewDea) and Samaria, ancient lands of Israel and were part of the 20% of the original ancient homeland promised to Israel and nothing but desert. In fact, East Jerusalem, did not even have Arabs living there at the turn of the last century. The “so called” territories of Judea and Samaria, part of Israel, were taken by force by Jordan, who then proceeded to push out “Palestinian” Arabs from Jordan into the “so called” territories. In a subsequent war, Israel won back their land. To drive the point home, Judea and Samaria were not “territories” but part of Israel as stolen by Jordan during a war. Gaza, another Arab fallacy, was never “so called” Palestinian, but part of the Egyptian Sinai and lost to Israel during the 6 day war. Israel allowed “so called” Palestinians to live there after expelling their own fellow Jews from Gaza. The thank you from the “so called” Palestinians was sent by rocket. Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948 and the neighboring countries attacked the next day. The resulting war resulted in refugees on both sides: West Bank Arabs who left following the unexpected Jewish victory over the much larger Arab armies, and the Jews living throughout the Middle east who faced immediate persecution and chose to leave for Israel. The Arabs that left the West bank described their choice as a “Nakba” (disaster) as they moved into Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. They expected to return on the heels of the “victorious” Arab Armies, a bit of an oxymoron, if I may. Unlike Arabs stealing Jewish land and wealth as well as forcibly expelling Jews, the Israelis did not do same. There were a few isolated incidents, but they were rare and not government policy as with the Arab states. The 1949 armistice attempted to draw a “green line” re-establishing a “West Bank” future state location for the “so called” Palestinians, while disregarding land taken already from Israel in order to create Jordan. Many of the “so called” Palestinians on the “so called” West Bank, were actually thrown out of Jordan due to their creating unrest and into the “so called” West Bank. Jewish refugees were accepted into Israel, Palestinian refugees were not accepted into the neighboring Arab countries as citizens or having rights. Other than for the “so called” West Bank, their fellow Arabs put them into concentration camps. In the leadup to the 1967 war, the stated goal of the Arab leaders was not the re-introduction of the Palestinians into the West Bank but the extermination of all Israel, which the PLO, Hezbollah, Hamas as well as countries such as Iran continue to profess. The unanticipated disastrous defeats of the combined Arab armies by Israel in 1967 and 1973 caused the re-possession of East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria by Israel and subsequent partitioning of lands with walls, fences and control points to contain riots, rock throwing, sniper fire and bombings The moral of the story is, that you can’t start war after war, causing shifting boundaries and then pick and chose among the wars you lose as to which boundaries you prefer.
The American Federal of Teachers local representing community college teachers and staff in San Diego County has approved a resolution condemning Israel and questioning the Jewish state’s right to exist..... Why is Israel always singled out of the entire world to condemn? What other countries have you questioned their right to exist? This is nothing but a hate resolution against Jews and Isreal. I fear for the Jews who go to this college.
Let us not forget the important connection between unions and democracy.
Union Strong! I started teaching in 1973, Park Slope , Brooklyn. I went ino labor with my first child in P.S. 107. then started teaching in Tucson 2005. I was at my desk at Cholla High School in Tucson when my daudaughter went into labor with her first child. I retired but missed the classrclassroom and my students. So I started teaching again here in Rincon High School. Its 48 years since i stepped into my first classroom at age 21. this year I turn 70. Im hoping to hit the 50 year milestone of teaching. I have many stories about teaching. My first year a 2nd grade student brought his mother’s gun for show and tell. The other students told me and he brought it up to my desk and put it in my desk drawer. Its a show and tell i’ll never forget. I still love teaching and learning. I was truly happy to follow my dreams thanks to a free education at Brooklyn College (1973). I was the first in my family to attend and graduate. Thank you CUNY. I also received my MS.ed from Brooklyn College. I think they made a good investment.
Why do you, and local districts, like district 31, ignore all teachers and PARENTS that are begging, screaming, and petitioning for REMOTE? As a group, or individuals, we know both, classroom sizes, and how remote worked last year. There are kids that did great with remote, there were teachers that felt more confident in their students when remote. Teachers. staff, ALL adults working in a school, are not required to be fully vaccinated before Sept 27th, and many have said they will get the first shot, show the card, but that's it. Yet schools are opening on the 13th. How is it fair to force anyone, teachers, students, or elementary (too young for vaccine) kids into schools?
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It's past time to get our younger kids vaccinated! https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/08/28/delta-variant-unvaccinated-children-elementary-schools/ "...The models showed that more than 75 percent of susceptible students — meaning those who were not vaccinated, or who had previous immunity due to natural infection — would become infected within three months. With masking, the infection rate would decrease to 50 percent for elementary schools, 35 percent for middle schools and 24 percent for high schools, based on average vaccination rates. Testing further drops infections to 22 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent...." https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/08/28/delta-variant-unvaccinated-children-elementary-schools/
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"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."​ -Aristotle
If restaurants can require customers to wear masks or leave, can a teacher require to be assigned only students who will wear masks?