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Take Legislative Action

With your help, we can build a powerful, effective online activist network to help move the union's agenda forward and to increase our political clout. Participate in the following action campaigns and contact your representatives on the issues that affect working families every day.

Stay connected to the union's political and legislative program by joining the  AFT e-Activist Network  and begin receiving alerts when new action campaigns are added to the Legislative Action Center.

Current AFT Legislative Action Campaigns 

How Did Your Senators Vote?

Thank your senators who supported the Toomey-Manchin amendment on universal background checks yesterday, and express your disappointment in those who didn't.

All In For Citizenship

Over the coming weeks, our elected officials will see heightened action on Capitol Hill around the issue of meaningful immigration reform. With the Senate expected to introduce an expansive bill in the next few days, and the House expected to follow suit, now is the time to join our brothers and sisters and make our voices heard.

Write Your Senators!

Write your Senators in support of a budget that continues to grow our economy and makes smart investments in programs aimed at providing hardworking Americans a ladder to the middle class, while reducing the deficit in a fair and balanced way.

Tell Congress to Stop the Cuts

Congress must avert sequestration and develop instead a balanced approach that includes revenue increases; protects Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare; and does not damage the economy or middle class, or destroy investments in programs that help our economy grow, such as education, infrastructure improvements and job training.

The Time is Now

Show your support for commonsense immigration reform by signing your name here.

Stand For Safe Schools and Communities

America’s duty is to provide safe and secure schools and communities for everyone. The tragic events in Tucson, Ariz., Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., and the countless acts of gun violence that occur every day in our communities, must serve as a clarion call to action. It’s time to act to keep our communities safe from violence and ensure Americans everywhere have the resources to keep their communities safe.

Creating safe, vibrant communities and safe sanctuaries for our children to learn and grow will require a balanced approach. From measures to prevent gun violence to increased mental health services and investments in our schools, we all have a role to play in creating safe communities. Join the movement.

Urge Congress to Pass Reasonable Gun Violence-Prevention Legislation

America's duty is to provide safe and secure public schools for every child, and the reasonable gun violence-prevention legislation introduced by Reps. Carolyn McCarthy and Diana DeGette will go a long way to make that a reality. Urge Congress to pass this legislation. Every parent, every educator and every child should feel that schools are safe, secure environments.

Solution-Driven Unionism

Throughout the country, individuals, AFT state and local affiliates and the national union are leading efforts to confront challenges Americans are facing today, and are seeing promising results. Our union is meeting this moment with a new vision of unionism: solution-driven unionism. It’s an approach that is relevant and appropriate to the 21st century. An approach that is creative and visionary. An approach that advances solutions that unite the people we represent and those we serve—our students, our families and our communities. We must bring people together around agendas that serve all kids, all workers and all communities—to restore the middle class, strengthen our public schools, and invest in, not destabilize, communities.

Solution-driven unionism takes many forms. At its core it ensures that we don’t merely survive, but that we succeed. Our success also rests upon electing leaders who support this concept, which is based on collaboration as opposed to conflict and on problem-solving as opposed to finger-pointing. The tempest swirling around us has far from subsided, and the November elections can shape whether it continues to rage or gives way to a climate of seeking solutions for the common good.