Black educators are crucial to the success of students across the nation, and the AFT is committed to ensuring they are able to thrive—by advocating for more accessible pathways to teaching and through professional development series like the one we organized during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Sept. 11 and 12. The series, connected to one of the most influential progressive Washington events of the year, included workshops, a panel discussion and a political luncheon with members of Congress.
It began eight years ago with a heartfelt commitment to help get a rural American community back on its feet. On Sept. 9, the AFT and our partners met in McDowell County, W.Va., to celebrate the official groundbreaking of a four-story apartment building to house educators—the first new multistory structure in Welch in more than 50 years. “This is about more than just a new building. It’s about something even more important: hope,” AFT President Randi Weingarten said at the ceremony.
Jennifer Donaldson wanted to update nurses at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center about ongoing negotiations over nurse recruitment and retention, so she launched a six-minute Facebook Live video during a break from her job as a labor and delivery nurse.
The Chicago Teachers Union is ready to go on strike. Like their colleagues across the nation, these educators are standing up and fighting for better conditions in their public schools – specifically smaller class sizes and more school nurses, social workers, school psychologists, counselors and other critical frontline staff. They need more teachers and paraprofessionals and better services for students—especially students of color—who face high levels of trauma. “If we don’t make more progress,” says CTU President Jesse Sharkey, “This is a union that is prepared to strike.”
Educators are united against President Trump’s proposal to take away food assistance from millions and deny access to free school lunches to half a million kids. Through the AFT’s Fund Our Future campaign, and together with allies like the Food Research and Action Center, we are fighting these proposed changes and holding up the opposite vision: a nation of children who are well-nourished and ready to learn.
This years AFT End of the Year Luncheon was about change. Our past president John Krimmel passed the torch to our new president Nancy Lasher. We have high expectations of our incoming president and she has the full support of the Union to achieve all the goals set before her. Nancy has been a part of The College of New Jersey for 25+ years serving in multiple roles across campus, most recently being a professor in the Marketing and Interdisciplinary Business Department. Please join us in welcoming the new President of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2364, Nancy Lasher!
Please enjoy a few shots from our EOTY Luncheon. We were grateful to have a powerful presentation from the volunteers at the Eastern Service Workers Association. If you would like more information on their group, what they do, and how YOU can help contact them at 609-695-9562. Through our commitment to donate to them yearly, we know that we are supporting the rights of those who are vulnerable, one of the hallmarks of a strong union!