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Press Release


April 10, 2010



Janet Bass
301-502-5222 (Cell)



Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

WASHINGTON—In his 35-year tenure on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice John Paul Stevens has been an eloquent and steadfast defender of individual liberties, accountability for executive and corporate excesses, and Americans’ rightful access to justice. We will watch with great interest as President Obama goes through the process of selecting a worthy heir to the seat that Justice Stevens has so honorably held.


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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.