Educators at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.’s first “green” public charter school, voted by a 3-to-1 margin to unionize in a National Labor Relations Board election held May 15 on the school’s campus.
Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took questions from teachers and other AFT members at an AFT Votes http://aftvotes.org/#http://aftvotes.org town hall yesterday, describing her plans to lift up working families, make college affordable, cancel existing student debt, provide universal child care and preschool, raise the wages of preschool teachers and child care workers and create a wealth tax to pay for it all. AFT President Randi Weingarten introduced Warren, praising her record as a former public school teacher, attorney and professor and calling her a long-time “friend of students and educators and nurses” who is “on the side of the vulnerable and the side of those who don’t have power.”
Presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) toured two schools and held a townhall meeting in Yonkers with AFT President Randi Weingarten Friday, meeting with members of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers and their students and hearing their…
This week, author Alane Adams wrapped up her whirlwind tour of 13 schools in Houston where she gave away more than 8,000 books to schools and students impacted by Hurricane Harvey. She also donated more than $100,000 via First Book for Houston educ…
Legislation to set safe staffing limits for nurses, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) was reintroduced in Congress on May 8. The Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act, woul…
It was a time for solidarity, and from hundreds of first-time attendees all the way to our union’s top officers, everyone at this year’s PSRP conference showed how tightly they’re sticking with the union. PSRP chair Shelvy Abrams and AFT President Randi Weingarten showered love on members who enable schools and colleges to run smoothly.
Alexis Underwood was one of many people who came to Washington, D.C., on May 1 to call on Congress to pass legislation to provide disaster relief funding. A coalition of advocacy groups, including the AFT, took part in a “day of action” to give people from states devastated by natural disasters an opportunity to meet with their congressional representatives to ask them to support disaster aid for all communities in need.
In healthcare, corporatization and consolidation are on the rise, and nurses and health professionals are often the only ones standing between their communities and a healthcare system that puts profits and other interests ahead of patients. That’s why this year’s AFT Nurses and Health Professionals professional issues conference was brimming with ideas and solutions to address the issues connected to this trend.
Some of education’s biggest problems come with its littlest students. At a working breakfast for paraprofessionals in prekindergarten, early childhood and Head Start, members swapped strategies for solving problems. Their discussion came during the AFT PSRP conference last week in Las Vegas, where paras from all over the country zeroed in on professional development and adequate classroom coverage.
A member mobilization campaign has produced significant steps in activism for the Montana Federation of Public Employees. The campaign in Helena last month trained 36 members and staff—half from MFPE with help from the NEA, and half by AFT volunteers from around the country. The focus of the training was to re-familiarize members with MFPE after its historic merger last year, and to strengthen state employee membership. The Montana federation has about 1,500 state employee members in and around the capital.