Press Release

AFT Statement On the Return of UNITE HERE to the AFL-CIO

For Release: 

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Celia Lose


PITTSBURGH—We welcome the return of UNITE HERE to the AFL-CIO. This is an important step toward labor unity, which will enable America’s labor movement to work with a unified voice and purpose on behalf of every working American. We hope this can serve as a bridge to achieve our crucial goal of a strong, growing and unified labor movement.

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The AFT represents 1.6 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.

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The Parents, Educators and Owners Partnering for Learning in Early-education for the Kids (PEOPLE for the Kids) includes New Mexico Early Educators United, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers; the Quality Early Learning Association, which represents preschool owners; and the OLÉ Working Parents Association, which represents more than 4,000 parents of young children throughout New Mexico.