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Nurses at Harborage

For two decades, Lisa Tshefu found joy in her work at The Harborage, a 245-bed long-term nursing care facility in North Bergen, N.J. For Tshefu, it was more than a job; it was a tight-knit family. However, the dynamics shifted in 2020 when Complete Care took over. Tshefu and her fellow nurses felt the impact of insufficient staffing and a lack of respect from the new employer, and it sparked a need for change.

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Crowds of Spanish-speaking parishioners in Los Angeles milled about the historic Nuestra Señora Reina de los Ángeles Catholic Church grounds Jan. 7, browsing through free children’s books—both bilingual and in Spanish—and enjoying colorful slices of Rosca de Reyes—the traditional crown-shaped cake marking the Christian celebration of the three kings visiting infant Jesus.

Students in lab

In Lynn, Mass., a high school girl wearing safety goggles shapes and solders copper plumbing pipes. A boy in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., manipulates gear cogs on a computer screen to engineer a competition robot. And in Newark, N.J., a teenager steps into an elementary school classroom—as teacher for the day.


More than 1,300 healthcare workers from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., and PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., walked off the job and onto a picket line on Oct. 23. The workers will be on strike for five days. Respiratory therapists, radiology techs and maintenance workers in PeaceHealth’s Tech, Service and Maintenance, and Lab Professional bargaining units are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Local 5017. They are demanding improved patient staffing, living wages and a fair contract.


Threats to Immigrants


Get tools to fight back against xenophobic policies and help protect our students and families.

What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.



NSTU Leaders and Congressional Democrats Meet to Discuss Janus Decision


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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.