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.

Happening TONIGHT at 6 p.m.: Join us for a Facebook Live fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to ...
01/28/2021
Ask Dr. Fauci

Happening TONIGHT at 6 p.m.: Join us for a Facebook Live fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to @POTUS Joe Biden, to talk vaccines, COVID-19, & more.

You can watch live here on our page, or on YouTube at youtube.com/AFTHQ.

Join us for a fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, as he answers your questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. We are grateful to have a new administration that is finally following the science and leading with compassion. President Biden rel...

Happening TONIGHT @ 6 p.m., we're holding a Facebook Live fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to...
01/28/2021

Happening TONIGHT @ 6 p.m., we're holding a Facebook Live fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, to talk vaccines, COVID-19, & more.

Watch live at AFT - American Federation of Teachers OR youtube.com/AFTHQ.

Do you have questions about COVID-19? We've got answers.This Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET, we're holding a Facebook Li...
01/27/2021
Ask Dr. Fauci

Do you have questions about COVID-19? We've got answers.

This Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET, we're holding a Facebook Live fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to @POTUS Joe Biden, to talk vaccines, COVID-19, & more.

Click the link below to submit your questions!

Join us for a fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, as he answers your questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. We are grateful to have a new administration that is finally following the science and leading with compassion. President Biden rel...

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their team have been working at a furious pace to identify what ne...
01/27/2021
Pass the American Workforce Rescue Act

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their team have been working at a furious pace to identify what needs to happen fast—to contain the coronavirus, to get our country vaccinated, to help struggling Americans and their communities, and to start reversing the executive actions of the past four years. But Biden and Harris cannot do it alone. There’s no better way than to pass the $1.9 trillion bill President Biden has proposed—the American Workforce Rescue Act. Tell your lawmakers to get it done.

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their team have been working at a furious pace to identify what needs to happen fast—to contain the coronavirus, to get our country vaccinated, to help struggling Americans and their communities, and to start reversing the discriminatory, hate...

In honor of today's observation of #HolocaustRemembranceDay, check out these lesson plans from Share My Lesson on teachi...
01/27/2021
Holocaust Remembrance and Lesson Plans

In honor of today's observation of #HolocaustRemembranceDay, check out these lesson plans from Share My Lesson on teaching the Holocaust.

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“Even though we’re in the middle of a pandemic, [CPS] is willing to use our students, hurt our students, and deny studen...
01/26/2021
US companies using pandemic as a tool to break unions, workers claim

“Even though we’re in the middle of a pandemic, [CPS] is willing to use our students, hurt our students, and deny students things they need like access to their teachers in a game to one-up the Chicago Teachers Union and that’s ridiculous.”

Employers are alleged to be leveraging coronavirus-induced unemployment to mount an assault on collective bargaining

“While I do have a pre-K-12 background — and that’s an area of passion for me — I recognize as a first-generation colleg...
01/26/2021
Connecticut education Commissioner Miguel Cardona says he’ll prioritize student loan debt relief if he’s confirmed as U.S. education secretary

“While I do have a pre-K-12 background — and that’s an area of passion for me — I recognize as a first-generation college student myself the importance of higher education and the importance of making it accessible.”

Connecticut education Commissioner Miguel Cardona, selected by President Joe Biden to be the next U.S. education secretary, made clear in a Monday morning radio interview that, if confirmed by the Senate, he will prioritize student loan debt relief and “supports 100%” no-cost community college.

“We need a climate security plan for America that climate-proofs American infrastructure and puts climate and clean ener...
01/26/2021
Biden Sets in Motion Plan to Ban New Oil and Gas Leases on Federal Land

“We need a climate security plan for America that climate-proofs American infrastructure and puts climate and clean energy innovation front and center.”

The president will announce a suite of executive actions on Wednesday to combat climate change, two people familiar with his plans said, and will ask federal agencies to determine the extent of a drilling ban.

Mark your calendar! This Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET, we're holding a Facebook Live fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fa...
01/25/2021
Ask Dr. Fauci

Mark your calendar! This Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET, we're holding a Facebook Live fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to @POTUS Joe Biden, to talk vaccines, COVID-19, & more.

Ask a question using the link below, and tune in on Thursday to see if it's answered!

Join us for a fireside chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, as he answers your questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines. We are grateful to have a new administration that is finally following the science and leading with compassion. President Biden rel...

“The bottom line is this: We are in a national emergency. We need to act like we’re in a national emergency. So we got t...
01/25/2021
Biden's choice on econ aid: Deal with GOP or go for it all

“The bottom line is this: We are in a national emergency. We need to act like we’re in a national emergency. So we got to move with everything we got.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's ambitious opening bid, his $1.9 trillion American Rescue economic package, will test the new president's relationship with Congress and force a crucial choice between...

“I teach history to help students develop critical thinking skills so that they can know what to do with the information...
01/25/2021
Teachers Say They’ve Been Sidelined for Discussing Race In Class

“I teach history to help students develop critical thinking skills so that they can know what to do with the information they process and what actions they should take to improve the world around them.”

“Exposing students to ideas is not indoctrination.”

01/25/2021
Chicago Teachers Union

Chicago Teachers Union

LIVE: Educators give first-hand accounts of breakdowns in notifying those exposed to COVID-19 in CPS buildings, as well as problems navigating district policy. The mayor and CPS have yet to acknowledge the impact of COVID on our school communities.

Joe Biden has proposed real relief for Americans. Economists are clear that we need this bold action to help get our eco...
01/23/2021
Pass the American Workforce Rescue Act

Joe Biden has proposed real relief for Americans. Economists are clear that we need this bold action to help get our economy back on track and that delaying will cost more in the long run.

Unfortunately some Senate Republicans may try to hold it up. They had no problem cutting taxes for the richest Americans, but when it comes to relief for everyday people, they pause. Write them right now. Tell them there's no time to waste. Tell them to pass the American Workforce Rescue Act.

President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and their team have been working at a furious pace to identify what needs to happen fast—to contain the coronavirus, to get our country vaccinated, to help struggling Americans and their communities, and to start reversing the discriminatory, hate...

The first step in preventing right-wing violence and dismantling white supremacy is acknowledging that both are national...
01/22/2021
Opinion | Finally, a President Acknowledges White Supremacy

The first step in preventing right-wing violence and dismantling white supremacy is acknowledging that both are national threats. President Biden has taken that step; now let’s keep pushing.

The first step in preventing right-wing violence is recognizing it as a major threat.

For the 3rd day in a row, President Joe Biden has signed executive orders to help everyday Americans. Thank you, Mr. Pre...
01/22/2021

For the 3rd day in a row, President Joe Biden has signed executive orders to help everyday Americans. Thank you, Mr. President.

“In the absence of an actual commitment on safety from CPS leadership, the best assurance we have for the safety of our ...
01/22/2021
CTU delegates pass resolution authorizing Jan. 25 remote learning continuation | Chicago Teachers Union

“In the absence of an actual commitment on safety from CPS leadership, the best assurance we have for the safety of our students and school staff right now is to continue remote learning.”

"Our members are resolved to continue working, teaching their students and doing so safely," President Sharkey said. "Only the mayor can force a strike, and if it comes to that, that's her choice. We choose safety."

President Joe Biden took bold action today to combat the pandemic and help put us on the road to recovery. Thank you for...
01/22/2021

President Joe Biden took bold action today to combat the pandemic and help put us on the road to recovery. Thank you for this leadership, Mr. President

“Educators, this is our moment.” - First Lady Dr. Jill BidenDr. Biden hosted AFT President Randi Weingarten and NEA Pres...
01/22/2021

“Educators, this is our moment.” - First Lady Dr. Jill Biden

Dr. Biden hosted AFT President Randi Weingarten and NEA President Becky Pringle at the White House today, the 2nd day of the Biden administration, to thank educators across America for everything we’ve done to help students during the pandemic.

President Joe Biden took bold action yesterday to address the crises America faces. This was a great start to this new a...
01/21/2021

President Joe Biden took bold action yesterday to address the crises America faces. This was a great start to this new administration.

01/20/2021
Defending Democracy AFT Town Hall

Defending Democracy: Discussion about the Inauguration and importance of civic education with journalist John Nichols, AFT members Nikol Alexander Floyd and Adrian Reyna, and AFT President Randi Weingarten.

Happening in one hour! Join AFT for a discussion on today's inauguration, and how we can defend democracy.
01/20/2021

Happening in one hour! Join AFT for a discussion on today's inauguration, and how we can defend democracy.

Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris!
01/20/2021

Congratulations President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris!

Happening now: President Elect Joe Biden & Vice President Elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office.Follow @AFTUn...
01/20/2021

Happening now: President Elect Joe Biden & Vice President Elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office.

Follow @AFTUnion on Twitter and use the hashtag #AFTvotes to join the conversation!

01/20/2021
Congratulations Mr. President and Madam Vice President

Inauguration Day for President Biden and Vice President Harris couldn't come soon enough. We are looking forward to turning the page on four long, dark years and having the opportunity to work with an administration that not only is willing to confront the crises we face—from the pandemic and economic crisis, to the climate emergency, to racial justice and our crisis of democracy—but also is ready to accomplish much more. We will work with the Biden-Harris administration and Democratic Congress to fight for the right of every person in America to thrive. #AFTvotes

Inauguration Day is finally here! Who else is watching? 🇺🇸🍿We'll be live-tweeting the events starting at 11 a.m. ET, so ...
01/20/2021

Inauguration Day is finally here! Who else is watching? 🇺🇸🍿

We'll be live-tweeting the events starting at 11 a.m. ET, so follow @AFTUnion on Twitter and use the hashtag #AFTvotes to join the conversation.

Please join us for an important discussion about the inauguration and the importance of civic education tomorrow, Wednes...
01/19/2021

Please join us for an important discussion about the inauguration and the importance of civic education tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. EDT.

Watch the event live at: facebook.com/aftunion or at youtube.com/AFTHQ.

✅Expansion of COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and education✅$1400 to working families (supplementing the $600 from earlie...
01/19/2021
A Look at What’s in Biden’s $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

✅Expansion of COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and education
✅$1400 to working families (supplementing the $600 from earlier stimulus packages, to make the $2000 we've been fighting for)
✅$400 boost in unemployment benefits
✅Additional tax credits for families with children
✅Money for schools to put safety guardrails in place and #ReopenSafely
✅Raising the minimum wage
✅Investments in states and localities
✅Expansion of paid leave for workers

Read and share: A Look at What's in Biden's $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

The president-elect is rolling out a large spending package aimed at helping battle the virus and alleviate the economic toll it has taken.

Vaccine distribution will only be successful if it doesn’t become yet another “brick in the wall of inequality between t...
01/19/2021
Covid-19: Brazil Begins Vaccinations as It Battles Virus Variants

Vaccine distribution will only be successful if it doesn’t become yet another “brick in the wall of inequality between the world’s haves and have-nots.”

The United States is hurtling toward 400,000 total deaths. A W.H.O. panel says the world failed in its initial pandemic response.

01/18/2021
African American History Is Our History

African American History is Our History: Time to Talk About It. Time to Teach It. Mayor Ras Baraka, Randi Weingarten , and Lamont Repollet discuss teaching African American history in K-12 classrooms.

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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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