April 9, 2012
AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Passing of Mark Ayers,
President, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the passing of Mark Ayers, president, Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our brother, Mark Ayers, not simply for what his passing means to those of us who had the honor of knowing and working with him, but for what it means for the countless men and women whose lives he made better through his work.
"It has been a privilege for the AFT, and for me personally, to work with Mark and the Building and Construction Trades Department in their efforts to rebuild America, create jobs and strengthen communities. Mark's vision was clear and his commitment steadfast. His life's work stands as a true testament to his dedication as a trade unionist.
"Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Mark's family and to all who were fortunate enough to know him and work with him."
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The AFT represents 1.5 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.