Building public employee density in Baltimore

Public employee activists, leaders and staff took part in an AFT-sponsored mobilization and organizing training last month in Baltimore. Dozens of AFT stalwarts, including some from Connecticut and New York, went to Maryland for a week in mid-June to help the City Union of Baltimore and AFT Healthcare Maryland build employees’ power by increasing membership. Participants were trained on the AFT organizing model, including how to have one-on-one conversations.

AFT will defend democracy and rev up the vote

Maybe you’ve heard the founding slogan of the AFT: “Democracy in Education; Education for Democracy.” AFT delegates brought their passion and intellect to the convention floor on Sunday as they exercised their democratic values, voting to approve the three top resolutions from our union’s Politic

Action on Resolutions

AFT delegates adopted dozens of resolutions on the convention’s closing day. The resolutions focus on a wide range of issues that affect members in all constituencies, and some address national and international issues of importance to the union and to our vision for the country.

Top AFT officers are re-elected

The election results are in, and AFT delegates have re-elected their three leading officers: President Randi Weingarten, Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson and Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker. Weingarten was first elected in 2008 and …

Pellegrino to AFT members: Run for office

New York State Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino is riding the wave as union members set out to run for political office. A grass-roots activist, an elementary school reading teacher, a leader of her state’s opt-out movement, a delegate for Sen.

Teachers running for office encourage fellow educators to run

The protests and walkouts in Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia and other states this past year were a catalyst that has led to a historic level of educators nationwide running for office this election season. In fact, nearly 300 AFT members are jumping into the political arena, a sign “that we are pushing back against austerity measures, public school closings and cuts to vital public services, said AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson during a Sunday session on the political activism of members, which highlighted AFT members who are running for office.

Delegates proclaim immigration policies are ‘crimes against humanity’

Immigrant issues have been at the top of the AFT’s agenda for some time now, but family separation and the incarceration of young undocumented children at the border have elevated their urgency to crisis level. Today delegates passed a special order of business declaring the AFT’s “horror and outrage” at the treatment of undocumented immigrant children and calling for “total repeal of the Trump administration’s ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policies and indefinite family incarcerations.”