Healthwire: Fall 2015
‘Clinton is the champion working families need in the White House’
The AFT executive counciL voted overwhelmingly on July 11 to endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary for president of the United States. The AFT is the first national union to endorse a candidate in the presidential primary.
“In vision, in experience and in leadership,...
We are our union.
As we reflect on 100 years as the American Federation of Teachers, there is one expression I keep coming back to: We are our union.
Our union was founded a century ago to establish a voice for teachers so they could combat factory-like conditions in public schools, advocate for fair pay...
Fighting to reshape a healthcare business model built for profits, not patients.
AS NEGOTIATIONS between more than 1,000 members of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) and CarePoint Health began this past spring, the workers made their goals clear: They wanted patient safety and workers’ rights to be the top priority.
HPAE, the AFT...
DECISION ON AFFORDABLE CARE ACT A VICTORY The U.S. Supreme Court got it right on healthcare with its June 25 decision in King v. Burwell, AFT President Randi Weingarten says. “This is a victory for working families,” she noted following the decision. “Ask the...
Do unions save lives? Suzanne Gordon thinks so. Gordon believes that healthcare unions save lives. She became convinced of this during a recent hospital stay. Gordon recounted that experience to attendees at the AFT NHP Professional Issues Conference and National Federation of Nurses Annual...
Health professionals learn to use their voice, workplace power
The last time AFT’s nurses and health professionals got together, they resolved to focus their efforts on reshaping the U.S. healthcare system to meet the needs of their communities and to put patients first. This past spring, they took the first step toward that goal at the AFT Nurses and...
Research supports the need for school nurses
and school-based health centers
School nurses and school-based health centers each serve different roles, but they share one goal: keeping students in school and ready to learn. School nurses know that having a qualified health professional in school makes a difference in improving both student health and achievement, but more...