Zika [demo summary]

In response to the explosive spread of Zika virus in Latin America, the AFT passed a resolution on Feb. 18 to leverage its resources as the second-largest union of nurses and health professionals in the fight against the spread of the virus. The resolution, passed by the AFT's executive council, outlines a plan for the creation and dissemination of materials for health professionals and communities to outline the facts, detail the knowledge gaps, and link members to the most up-to-date materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, research experts and others.

Weingarten speaks on the future of public education

In a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., AFT President Randi Weingarten juxtaposed two approaches for education that would have vastly different consequences for America's students. Either build on the bipartisan consensus of the Every Student Succeeds Act to provide all families with access to great neighborhood public schools, or promote the dangerous, destructive approaches that Donald Trump's education secretary nominee advocates to undermine and privatize public education.

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Weingarten applauds work of D.C. middle school teachers

As part of this year's back-to-school tour, AFT President Randi Weingarten spoke to teachers at Washington, D.C.'s Alice Deal Middle School during a breakfast hosted by the Washington Teachers' Union on Sept. 17. She later greeted parents and students as they arrived at the school.

'Harris' decision makes things worse for working families

While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the importance of collective bargaining and unions to families and communities in its ruling in Harris v. Quinn, let's be clear that working people, who have aspired to the middle class and tried to make a better life for their families, have taken it on the chin for years, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.