Randi Weingarten, AFT President

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg an Icon
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg an Icon

“Justice Ginsburg is an icon. She leaves behind a legacy as a brilliant, hardworking jurist and a trailblazing feminist; her loss is incalculable. Long before she became notorious, she broke barriers most never even dreamed to approach. Her unfailing sense of justice reminded us of its awesome power, and her unbending sense of duty reminded…

The Fight for the Children of Chicago
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The Fight for the Children of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – “More than 20 years ago, in 1995, educators in Chicago were stripped of their right to bargain, and with that, they lost their voice to influence their students’ learning conditions and their own teaching conditions. As a result, Chicago’s students—particularly students of color and students with special needs—lost out on so many…

AFT’s Randi Weingarten Denounces Deportation of Sick Immigrant Children
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AFT’s Randi Weingarten Denounces Deportation of Sick Immigrant Children

New York, NY – Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten following reports that the Trump administration is unfairly deporting foreign-born children who have been granted special immigration status for medical treatment: The AFT’s Weingarten said: “First, he separated families. Then he threw children in cages without food, water or showers. And now, in…

Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights for Public  Employees
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Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees

WASHINGTON, DC — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in support of the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, reintroduced  in the House of Representatives, which will guarantee collective bargaining rights for public sector employees across the country: “Public workers educate our students, treat our patients and keep our communities…

Sen. Harris’ Plan to Close Teacher Salary Funding is Bold and Smart
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Sen. Harris’ Plan to Close Teacher Salary Funding is Bold and Smart

Washington, DC — “Sen. Harris’ plan is a bold, smart, strategic and decisive proposal that will help make teaching a respected profession by paying teachers a living wage, while incentivizing diversity and high-quality teacher preparation. It will help fund our future by delivering urgently needed help to communities wracked by decades of austerity and underinvestment. “For…

West Virginia Legislature Attacks  Public School Educators
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West Virginia Legislature Attacks Public School Educators

Washington, DC — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statements after the West Virginia Legislature attempted to ram through a clawback of teacher rights and protections won during last year’s historic walkouts. Gov Jim Justice said he would veto the bill. Weingarten said: “This cynical proposal is a blatant attack on West…

Unions – a Route to the American Dream
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Unions – a Route to the American Dream

A growing and enduring middle class, great public schools, a living wage, affordable healthcare and college, a decent retirement, a voice at work and in our democracy, communities that are safe and welcoming—these are American aspirations, and they are what the American labor movement has fought for, for generations. We have fought to ensure these…

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