September 9, 2009
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President American Federation of Teachers
On Sen. Harkin’s Chairmanship of Senate
Health, Education, Labor and
WASHINGTON—Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is an excellent choice to chair the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Sen. Harkin is a long-time champion of working Americans, our public education system, and the rights of people with disabilities. He also is committed to affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare. The AFT looks forward to working with him on these issues.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.