Governor’s race highlights higher education: Is it high-minded or high-profit?

Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race couldn’t offer a starker choice between the current anti-education governor, Scott Walker and challenger Tony Evers, who is a career educator and current state superintendent. The AFT is all in for the race: AFT Wisconsin has endorsed Evers, and members recently joined AFT President Randi Weingarten to talk with him about reversing the devastating budget cuts and threats to academic freedom that Walker has wrought upon the state.

Yes, every child: Tools to protect immigrant students’ rights to attend school

As President Trump sets up tent cities for immigrant children along the southern border—places where children will be warehoused for undetermined weeks at a time, with no access to their legal right to education—the AFT and more than 70 other advocacy organizations are fighting back with a new initiative that underscores the fact that it is illegal to prevent children from attending school, regardless of their immigration status. The initiative also provides practical tools educators can use to protect the undocumented children in their own classrooms.

AFT members are taking Navient to court

A class-action suit filed in federal court sets out serious allegations that student loan servicer Navient has misled borrowers in public service professions from accessing a loan forgiveness program to boost its own profits. The landmark complaint, which seeks millions in damages and class-wide injunctive relief, details a spate of systematic misrepresentations, untruths and misdirection pedaled by Navient to stop borrowers from enrolling in Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a 10-year payoff plan administered by rival servicer FedLoan.

Contract in hand, Vermont nurses say fight for safe patient care is not over

Nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington voted to ratify a new three-year contract on Sept. 27. The nurses, who are members of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, spent several months negotiating for safe staffing and competitive wages at the hospital. "This contract is a clear reflection of our commitments to our patients," says Molly Wallner, the VFNHP bargaining committee's lead negotiator. "However, our fight for safe staffing and prioritizing the best possible patient care is far from over."

Rutgers unions disrupt injustice at president’s speech

Members of Rutgers AAUP-AFT and its two sister unions packed the faculty senate meeting at Rutgers University in New Jersey Sept. 21, holding signs, shouting from the back of the room and asking hard questions of university President Robert Barchi as he delivered the State of the University address. Union contracts expired months ago, and contract negotiations have been rocky at best. AFT President Randi Weingarten joined the rally before the meeting, adding to the impact of the protest.

End of the Year Union Luncheon

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!


Labor Walks for Union Endorsed Candidates


The labor movement is counting on you to ensure that we elect Hillary Clinton as President, all endorsed congressional candidates, and 45 rank-and-file labor candidates on Tuesday, November 8. Every affiliated union is encouraged to provide volunteers between 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, beginning on the date listed for each Central Labor Council’s staging locations listed below. Walks will continue each Saturday through Election Day. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their smartphones to utilize our new app-based walk packets. Additional walks will be announced at a later date.

Bergen CLC
IBEW 164, 205 Robin Road, Paramus
Michael Schneider (201)803-6461

Burlington CLC
CWA 1036, 26 High Street, Mount Holly
Rich Spieler (609)922-9109

Camden County
Garden State Pavilion, 2240 -15 Rt. 70 West, Cherry Hill
Bob Schiavinato (609)314-6489, (Southern CLC)

Cumberland County
226 High St., Millville
Bob Schiavinato (609)314-6489, (Southern CLC)

Essex/West Hudson CLC
RWDSU 108, 1576 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood
Tom Giblin (973)244-5801

Gloucester County
27 South Broad, Woodbury
Bob Schiavinato (609)314-6489, (Southern CLC)

Hudson CLC
MEBA D-1, 37 Edward Hart Drive, Jersey City
Peter Busacca (201)583-1300

Mercer CLC
IBEW 269, 670 Whitehead Road, Trenton
Michael Maloney (732)792-0999

Middlesex/Somerset CLC
IBEW 456, 1295 Livingston Ave, North Brunswick
Tom Tighe (732)735-3311

Monmouth/Ocean CLC
IBEW 400, 3301 Highway 138, Wall
Wyatt Earp (732)773-9480

Passaic CLC
UFCW 1262, 1389 Broad Street, Clifton
Juan Negron (201)618-5184

Union CLC
SMWIA 22, 106 South Avenue West, Cranford
James McManus (973)477-9420


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