Three resolutions defy anti-union forces

After a long stream of delegates shared their stories of success, counting up thousands of recommitted members and new members, it was clear that three resolutions related to member engagement and the future of the union would pass when they came to a vote on Sunday.

Longtime legislative friends greet delegates

Pennsylvania lawmakers from both houses of Congress offered their greetings to delegates on Saturday morning. Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Mike Doyle, both Democrats, thanked AFT members for the work they do every day, and encouraged them to continue living the theme of this year’s convention: Care, fight, show up and, most importantly, vote.

High school choir from Puerto Rico opens the first day of convention

Convention delegates were treated to a 15-minute performance by the Dr. Manuel de la Pila Iglesias High School choir from Ponce, Puerto Rico, on Friday morning. The students were invited to perform at this year’s convention after AFT President Randi Weingarten visited the high school on one of several trips to the island to offer support. Weingarten surprised the students and their choral director, Maria Teresa Morales, with the announcement last December.

AFT voices in every constituency

The AFT’s five membership divisions met this afternoon and discussed such issues as professional development for teachers, safe staffing levels in hospitals, threats to our nation’s democracy and attacks on public sector employees worldwide. Running through these discussions were delegates’ concerns about the quality of services for students and everyone we serve.