AFT Massachusetts members aid victims of Merrimack gas disaster

Massachusetts residents are back in their homes after a series of gas explosions and fires shook three communities—Lawrence, Andover and North Andover—in the Merrimack Valley on Sept. 13. Over the weekend following the explosions, many AFT Massachusetts members who live or work near the disaster volunteered at Lawrence schools that served as shelters to help distribute donated items to area residents. “It’s been tough. There is a lot of hurt going on in the community but we are resilient. We are going to recover,” says Lawrence Teachers Union President Frank McLaughlin.

AFT joins historic convening of Latino trade unionists

The AFT was out in full force at last week’s Labor Council for Latin American Advancement convention in Puerto Rico Aug. 8-11. As Latin American workers continue to lag behind their white colleagues, and as appalling immigration policies plague the country, AFT leaders joined more than 400 delegates from a cross section of the labor movement, working to forge a better future and addressing equitable education, protections for immigrant workers, the economic impact of anti-union attacks on the island and across the country and the power of the Latino vote.

Oregon nurses collect donated school supplies

Oregon nurses collect donated school supplies

With back to school right around the corner, members from the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals recently held a school supply drive with the goal of sending 100 Portland-area childre…

Nurses’ activism wins strong contract

Nurses at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, represented by the Registered Nurses Association, part of the Ohio Nurses Association, began negotiating with the hospital for a new contract last spring got actively involved in their contract …

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