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Press Release


March 12, 2014



Janet Bass
301-502-5222 (Cell)


Michelle Ringuette

Tristan Masat
Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO
Kiev, Ukraine
Office: +380 44 287 76 48
Mob: +380 67 888 20 64


AFT's Weingarten, Other Teacher Union Leaders
From United Kingdom, Poland, Denmark and Bulgaria Set to Visit Ukraine

WASHINGTON—A delegation of teacher union leaders from five nations, including Randi Weingarten,  president of the American Federation of Teachers, will be visiting Ukraine on Thursday and meeting with Ukraine trade union leaders and government officials. They will be available to the media on Thursday afternoon in Maidan Square.

The Trade Union of Education and Science Workers of Ukraine (STESU) invited Weingarten and education labor leaders of the United Kingdom, Poland, Denmark and Bulgaria—members of Educational International—to meet and discuss how it can continue its work in support of democracy and the rule of law.

"It is a great honor to be asked by Ukraine's teacher unions to work with them to strengthen their democratic institutions and support their efforts to build a brighter future for all Ukrainians through education, democracy and the rule of law," Weingarten said.

STESU's central office building at the Maidan Square, which sheltered protesters during the uprising, was demolished by police forces. The union has asked Education International for assistance in relocating its offices and re-establishing communication with its members.

WHAT:      Media availability

WHO:        AFT President Randi Weingarten and other members of teacher union

WHEN:      Thursday, March 13
                  Tentative time—4 p.m. (16 hrs) local time. (Please contact Tristan at the
                  above number for a more precise time.

WHERE:    In the middle of Maidan Square, at the large column with a gold statue on



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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.