Washington—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten released the following statement on the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
"The importance of this election was far greater than casting a ballot for one candidate over another—as important as that exercise in democracy is. The American people voted today to create opportunity and shared prosperity by sharing responsibility, and to reject the cynical 'you're on your own' philosophy. The results of this election are a declaration by the American people that to rebuild a strong and vibrant middle class and ensure a voice for all, we all have to be in this together. Americans voted for a vision for our nation that says government has an essential role that includes protecting our families in times of crisis, investing in public schools as a foundation of our democracy, guaranteeing access to affordable healthcare, and ensuring retirement with dignity after a lifetime of hard work.
"Election night also was a victory for people power over money power. I witnessed the hard work of our union's volunteers firsthand as I moved through Ohio, Florida and other states on the AFT's 'Your Vote—Your Right—Their Futures' bus tour. Thousands upon thousands of our members made phone calls, knocked on doors, and reached out in every way they could to get their families, friends and neighbors to the polls on Election Day—an effort that contributed not only to President Obama's re-election, but also to victories in key Senate, House and gubernatorial races across the country.
"On behalf of the 1.5 million teachers, healthcare workers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, and public employees of the American Federation of Teachers, I congratulate President Obama and Vice President Biden on their re-election."