April 1, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY - Honoring trailblazing women in Labor & Business, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recognized the extraordinary accomplishments of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) National President Randi Weingarten earlier this week during the city’s celebration of Women’s History Month 2017.
Mayor Brown - who proclaimed Monday, March 27th, 2017, as Randi Weingarten Day in the City of Buffalo during a ceremony that was held at City Hall - called Weingarten a “trailblazer and true champion” who has not only distinguished herself as one of the most powerful Labor Leaders in the United State, but who has also championed the causes of gender and racial equality and diversity throughout her storied career.
“Randi Weingarten ‘has never forgotten the lessons she learned’ at her childhood kitchen table as her late mother, a second-grade Teacher, ‘fought for a decent pay check and professional respect and dignity,’ a ‘crusade’ which included a seven-week strike by the Teachers Union,” said Brown Weingarten, who heads one of the nation’s largest Labor Unions with more than 1.6 million Members.
“With those seeds of activism and equity ‘firmly planted,’ Randi Weingarten ‘has become not only a tenacious and determined leader’ for Members of the American Federation of Teachers, but a ‘voice for all Americans who are battling for equality, respect, dignity and opportunity,’” the mayor continued. “She is a ‘trailblazer and true champion for all those striving for equity no matter their gender, race or sexual orientation,’ and she is a ‘tremendous role model for all of us working to make that a reality.’”