AFT Convention Daily: July 27, 2020

AFT Convention 2020

Get ready: Convention highlights

AFT’s virtual convention shows how we are fighting for a better life for our members—and for everyone. Highlights include AFT President Randi Weingarten’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, a Black Lives Matter panel and discussion of economic inequity on Wednesday and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Thursday. Additional sessions will feature Diane Ravitch, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

AFT Action Center

Take action on key priorities

The AFT Action Center is live. Delegates and guests at the AFT convention can use this tool to take action on key priorities for the union. We have legislative actions, political actions, petitions, surveys and more. In addition, we have Share My Lesson, new member benefits and a new Innovation Fund grant. Be sure to check it out, take action and feel free to share with other AFT members.

AFT Retirees virtual conference

AFT retirees are active and organized

This year’s virtual format for the AFT Retirees conference—due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic— provided an opportunity for more than 500 retired AFT members and guests to gather online July 23 to focus on activism and organizing. The meeting also amplified the AFT Retirees program’s message that activists never retire, and it’s never too late to become an activist or ally.

State of the Union report 2018-2020

We’re building a better life for all

The State of the Union 2018–2020 shows how we have mobilized community partners to decrease racial injustice, used collective bargaining to increase student services and patient safety, created a new era of strikes to address the needs of working people and helped union members and union-friendly candidates win elections. Today—after Janus—about three-quarters of members give the AFT high marks and we’re still 1.7 million members strong.

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Coming tomorrow:

  • Welcome and invocation by Rev. Leah Daughtry
  • President Randi Weingarten delivers her State of the Union address
  • Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson receives the Bayard Rustin Award

This daily update is produced by the AFT communications department.