Virtual convention information

  • Details about how to participate in the virtual convention were sent by email to all registered delegates on Friday, July 3. For assistance, email or call 888-252-5937.
  • July 28-30: General sessions and business sessions
  • August 1-31: Election of officers by mail ballot

The general sessions will be held daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern daylight time, and open to the public via a livestream on AFT’s Facebook page: or on AFT’s website: To follow the convention on social media, please use the hashtag #AFT20.

Tuesday, July 28

  • Welcome and invocation - Rev. Leah Daughtry
  • President Randi Weingarten, State of the Union
  • Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson, Bayard Rustin Award

Wednesday, July 29

  • Black Lives Matter Panel with Randi Weingarten; Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King; New York Democratic Congressional Nominee Jamaal Bowman; Leslie Redmond, president, Minneapolis NAACP; Sari Beth Rosenberg; and others
  • Economic Panel with Randi Weingarten and author Anand Giridharadas
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Thursday, July 30

  • Conversation with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Presentation of Women’s Rights Award to professor and historian Diane Ravitch
  • Public Education Panel with Randi Weingarten, Diane Ravitch, Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates, AFT-West Virginia Vice President and AFT-Fayette President Tega Toney
  • New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
  • Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden