AFT Convention 2024: Rewrite the economic rules and organize!

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rohit Chopra sat down for a fireside chat on the economy and then tune in for a celebration of the historic number of AFT organizing wins.

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The AFT has officially endorsed Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee for president. The endorsement was finalized July 22 when delegates from across the nation voted at the AFT’s convention, ratifying a resolution passed unanimously by the union’s executive council the day before.

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What do performers at Disneyland, editorial staff at the publisher Dotdash Meredith and players on Dartmouth’s men’s basketball team have in common? They all have recently chosen to join a union.

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The AFT is the first union to endorse Kamala Harris for president. AFT members—at our convention and across the United States—are excited for her leadership.

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Despite everything that has been thrown at us, since our last convention, the AFT has added 185 new units and more than 80,000 new members.

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We are honored to call the 88th convention of the AFT. The AFT convention is the highest authority of our union and demonstrates union democracy at work.

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The new American Educator explores the challenges of defending the freedom to teach and learn amid attacks by extremists.

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Educators treasure something we call “teachable moments”—those occasions when a high-profile event captures our students’ attention, interest and imagination. ... The May 31 criminal conviction of former President Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, is certainly a “teachable moment,” and not only for students, but for all Americans.

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Microaggressions are subtle, indirect forms of discrimination that can be either intentional or unintentional. Use our tips to prepare for when and how to respond to microaggressions.
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Administration Steps Up to Deliver More Broad-Based Relief for Over 26 Million Additional Borrowers

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The American Federation of Teachers executive council, the body representing the union’s 1.72 million educators, higher education professionals, healthcare workers and public employees, unanimously adopted an omnibus statement addressing the war in the Middle East and its impact on the United States.

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Scores of AFT leaders and members flocked to New Orleans March 28-30 for the National Association for Bilingual Education’s 53rd International Bilingual Education Conference, where our union ran no fewer than 18 workshops, headlined several featured sessions, offered a full day of parent engagement sessions and celebrated literacy with elementary school book giveaways that included author appearances and readings. The theme for the week: Bilingualism is a superpower.

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We’re diving into all the benefits of counseling and therapy here to showcase why you might want to seek therapy. There’s nothing better than putting in the time and seeing your life change. 

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The war in Gaza has been devastating. Many AFT members who have ties to the Middle East and/or work in affected communities are also feeling the impact.

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A strong and united front has formed to oppose the planned closure of Downstate Health Sciences University Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. Healthcare professionals, community activists, elected state officials and labor leaders have made it clear that Downstate needs to stay open; but beyond these voices, the true testament is in the sentiments of community members.

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Doctors at six Legacy Health hospitals in Oregon and Washington voted overwhelmingly to unionize; the vote was certified by the National Labor Relations Board Nov. 17.

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Today, five Filipino immigrant nurses filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against their former employer, CommuniCare Family of Companies, to challenge the company’s use of training repayment agreement provisions (TRAPs) in the nurses’ employment contracts.

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