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Pass the Jobs Act Now

President Obama's proposal to invest in jobs and programs that will rebuild our nation is badly needed. The package will help provide good jobs that support families; public services that build communities; and resources for schools to provide students a high-quality and robust education in safe and healthy buildings.
The president has made it clear that the path to a brighter future is through education. His plan includes $30 billion to prevent the layoffs of as many as 280,000 teachers and other educators, and another $25 billion to repair and modernize 35,000 public schools, which, in turn, will create thousands of jobs. "We can't expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart," Obama says. "Every kid deserves a great school—and we can give it to them."

Get the Facts

AFT's Fact Sheet on the Jobs Act

One-page flier for members

Read the White House fact sheet and overview of the Jobs Act.

Gets lots more information about the American Jobs Act on the White House website.

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Other Resources

AFT's "Building Minds, Minding Buildings" campaign

AFL-CIO's "Good Jobs Now" campaign

News and Press

Latest Employment Figures Show Need for Action on Jobs (11/4)

Weingarten On Senate's "No" Vote On Jobs Bill (10/21)

Weingarten: 'You deserve so much better than this' (10/20)

Lively Rally Urges Passage of Jobs Legislation (10/19)

AFT President Weingarten Visits Yonkers and North Bergen Schools That Could Benefit from American Jobs Act (10/17)

AFT Members Rally for Jobs and Justice at King Memorial (10/17)

AFT and Its Affiliates to Hold Bake Sales for America's Future (10/13)

Public Schools Hardest Hit in September Jobs Report (10/12)

AFT President Randi Weingarten Responds to Senate 'No' Vote on Cloture for the American Jobs Act (10/11)

AFT Members Join Obama and Biden to Promote Jobs Act (10/4)

Remarks by AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka, "Addressing the Jobs Crisis" - The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC (9/30)

Public Pension Fund Commitments Will Help Reinvigorate Economy (9/20)

AFT President Says Grim Poverty Figures Illustrate Need For Jobs Bill and Schools With Services to Help Students and Families (9/15)

AFT Members Join the Push to Get Jobs Bill Passed (9/13)

President's Bold Jobs Plan Will Revive Economy and Rebuild Nation (9/8)

A Labor Day Message from AFT President Randi Weingarten (9/2)