Several special meal events will take place at the AFT convention which require pre-paid tickets.
Tickets are available for purchase in Pittsburgh, but only until 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Jul. 13. Visit the Meal Tickets counter in the registration area at the convention center. Only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase; no tickets will be sold at the door.
Joint AFT Higher Education, AFT Nurses and Health Professionals, and AFT Public Employees Breakfast: Big Pharma
Saturday, July 14 | 7:30 a.m.
The opioid crisis is a union issue. AFT members from across all divisions are affected—in our roles as healthcare providers, researchers, and public service workers who are often on the frontlines of this epidemic; as the educators, community members, friends and family of people struggling with addiction; and as addicts or people in recovery ourselves. This joint breakfast of the AFT’s Higher Education, Nurses and Health Professionals, and Public Employees divisions will feature speakers addressing the roots of Big Pharma and the human manifestations of the opioid crisis, and introduces a new AFT/Harvard Medical School training on how to identify opioid addiction and intervene in drug overdoses.
AFT PSRP Breakfast
Saturday, July 14 | 8:00 a.m.
Join us for the AFT PSRP breakfast as Veronica Hernandez, president of Socorro AFT in Texas, shares strategies, tactics and tips on how to build a union that thrives in an environment without agency fees. Breakfast participants will benefit from the skills and experience of this talented union leader who has helped build a strong and engaged membership base in an area of the country where many employers are hostile to unions.
AFT Human Rights Luncheon
Saturday, July 14 | Noon
The Human Rights Award and Luncheon is an integral part of each AFT convention. Join us this year for fellowship and an engaging keynote speaker as well as the presentation of the 2018 Bayard Rustin Award. This distinguished award is given to individuals or groups who embrace the AFT founding principles: social justice, equal rights and the civil rights of all people. Past honorees include U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the Honorable Alexis M. Herman, the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
AFT Early Childhood Educators Breakfast
Sunday, July 15 | 7:00 a.m.
Are you passionate about the education of children from birth through age 8? If so, join your fellow early childhood educators and activists for the ECE Breakfast. Participants will learn about and celebrate local, national and international activism for universal child care and preschool.
AFT Women’s Rights Breakfast
Monday, July 16 | 7:30 a.m.
The Women’s Rights Breakfast and award event highlights individuals who have contributed to advancing causes and issues that are important to women. Previous awardees include Dolores Huerta, Edie Windsor, Betty Dukes and Lilly Ledbetter. We will also acknowledge women who have been active in union, teaching and community work for the last 30, 40 or 50 years—those who are “Living the Legacy” of our foremothers on whose shoulders we stand. Join us as we honor these outstanding leaders.