Action on Resolutions

AFT delegates adopted dozens of resolutions on the convention’s closing day. The resolutions focus on a wide range of issues that affect members in all constituencies, and some address national and international issues of importance to the union and to our vision for the country.

Top AFT officers are re-elected

The election results are in, and AFT delegates have re-elected their three leading officers: President Randi Weingarten, Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson and Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Ricker. Weingarten was first elected in 2008 and so marks her 10th year as president. Johnson was first elected secretary-treasurer in 2011, and Ricker was first elected executive vice president in 2014. In addition to the leading officers, 43 AFT vice presidents were elected.

Women’s Rights Breakfast honors activists across generations

Spanning generations, the Women’s Rights Breakfast showcased the strength of AFT women regardless of their age. Organized by the AFT Women’s Rights Committee, which honored Hillary Clinton earlier in the convention with its annual Women’s Rights Award, the breakfast featured Living the Legacy awards for AFT members who have served 50, 40 and 30 years at the AFT and in their communities.

Pellegrino to AFT members: Run for office

New York State Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino is riding the wave as union members set out to run for political office. A grass-roots activist, an elementary school reading teacher, a leader of her state’s opt-out movement, a delegate for Sen.

Teachers running for office encourage fellow educators to run

The protests and walkouts in Arizona, Oklahoma, West Virginia and other states this past year were a catalyst that has led to a historic level of educators nationwide running for office this election season. In fact, nearly 300 AFT members are jumping into the political arena, a sign “that we are pushing back against austerity measures, public school closings and cuts to vital public services, said AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson during a Sunday session on the political activism of members, which highlighted AFT members who are running for office.

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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