We Care. We Fight. We Show Up. We Vote.

The 2018 elections have taken on an urgency we haven’t experienced in recent memory. This is truly a “which side are you on?” moment.

We have a president who ran as a populist but is governing as an elitist. Unions and working people are under attack. Instead of bringing the country together, the Trump administration and its allies have spent more than a year undermining our democratic norms and pushing an agenda for the rich—from ripping healthcare away from millions to his new tax law that gives 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent of earners.

But unions are built for these times; they were born out of tough times. Across the country, we have members who are showing up and joining the fight to protect public education and vital public services; to demand safe, gun-free schools; to make higher education affordable; to ensure affordable healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions; and to make our country welcoming to all nationalities. In fact, nearly 300 members have decided to run for office this year.

We have chosen to be educators, nurses and health professionals, and public service employees because we care for others—for our students, our patients and the public we serve.

Visit our Elections Matters Map and explore work life, school funding, legislative and election issues in your state. 

Elections matter map


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Join the fight! Can we count on you?

Member candidates

Nearly 300 AFT members are jumping into the political arena this year. If you are interested in running for office, these resources will help you get started.

Tools and resources survey