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.
Concern, frustration and outright dismay colored many of the exchanges between Democratic members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Betsy DeVos, the Michigan education lobbyist nominated by Donald Trump for education secretary, at her confirmation hearing.
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.
The AFT has announced its 2014 AFT Everyday Heroes after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary union members will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.
The National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education brought together thousands of educators, parents, students and community members who attended more than 100 events around the country, despite challenging weather conditions in many locations.
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.
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.
In a message to members following the June 10 court decision inVergara v. California, AFT President Randi Weingarten and California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt discuss the ramifications of the ruling and what the AFT is doing to fight back. They also are urging AFT members to sign a thank you card to California teachers to let them know you honor their commitment and courage.
Millions of borrowers with crushing student loan debt could benefit from an executive order President Barack Obama signed at the White House, with several AFT members in attendance.
Twelve-year teaching veteran Robert Geremia, a social studies teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., who has attained the status of "highly effective teacher," told U.S. senators about how his financial life has been put on hold as a result of the loans he had to take to attend graduate school and better serve his students.