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Press Release


September 9, 2009



Janet Bass



Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President American Federation of Teachers
On Sen. Harkin’s Chairmanship of Senate
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is an excellent choice to chair the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Sen. Harkin is a long-time champion of working Americans, our public education system, and the rights of people with disabilities. He also is committed to affordable, accessible, high-quality healthcare. The AFT looks forward to working with him on these issues.


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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.