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Letters from the President

The AFT president sends letters of protest or praise to officials in other countries in response to situations and events of concern to global education unionists. Here are some recent examples of when the AFT has spoken out.


Haiti: Joint NEA/AFT Letter to Secretary of State Clinton on the rebuilding of Haiti and that the importance of public education should be stressed at the upcoming International Donor Conference on March 31, 2010. (Mar. 30, 2010)

West Africa: Dep't. of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, to address the plight of millions of children in West Africa involved in the production of cocoa. (Feb. 5, 2010)


Zimbabwe: Secretary Hillary Clinton, concern over deteriorating political, economic and human rights conditions since the signing of the political accords (Feb. 2, 2009)

Georgia: President Mikhail Saakashvili, alarm over the harassment and intimidation of members of the teachers union, ESFTUG (March 27, 2009)

Iraq: President Jalai Talabani, concern about the exclusion of selected unions from the trade union election process (April 4, 2009)

Colombia: President Alvaro Uribe Velez, outrage at the violent death of two teachers and union activists (April 22, 2009)

Uzbekistan: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging her to use the power of her office to bring pressure on the Uzbekistan government to end their practice of forced child labor (Sept. 8, 2009)


Ethiopia: Prime Minister Meles Zenai, condemning the dissolution of the teachers’ union, ETA, and the harassment and torture of union leaders and members (Feb. 20, 2008)

China: President Hu Jintao, deploring the use of violence by government’s security forces in the restraint of Tibet protests (March 24, 2008)

AFT Protests Detainment of AFT Member Professor Sandy Cioffi (April 15, 2008)

Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe, objecting to the detention of Morgan Tsvangirai, leader of the opposition MDC, and the arrest and torture of other opposition and trade union activitists (June 11, 2008)