Public Employee Advocate: Spring 2015

  • Colorado training offers new skills,
 boost to local campaign for respect

    More than 25 AFT members and staff gathered in Denver in February for a week of intensive training in member organizing and mobilization conducted by the AFT Public Employees division. As part of the program, the participants—who came from public employee affiliates around the country—helped...

  • Where We Stand

    Unions strengthen communities and economies Randi Weingarten, AFT President

    “You have to understand that the soul of your community is at stake.”

    That’s what Stephanie Kellnhauser, an AFT member in Wisconsin, says. In March, Gov. Scott Walker broke a campaign promise and made Wisconsin the 25th so-called right-to-work state. And indeed, both the soul of her...

  • Getting to Higher Ground

    Public employees band together as attacks heat up.

    Attacks on Wisconsin public employees continue to make national headlines, but the threats aren’t limited to this state alone. From Maryland to Kansas, AFT members and their unions are fighting a full slate of legislation and executive actions that would make a bad situation even worse for the...

  • ‘Our budget is cut
 to the bone’

    Public employees in Kansas are facing a serious crisis when it comes to the state budget and state economy. Gov. Sam Brownback and his allies in the Legislature have crafted bills that gut vital services and compromise working conditions for employees. Juanita Beck,  who has been a state...

  • In The News

    CLINTON INITIATIVE PRAISES UNION PENSION INVESTMENTS  AFT President Randi Weingarten had a chance to brag a little about the positive impact that union pension fund investments are having on rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. She also discussed the AFT’s work in areas such...

  • Fighting fast track

    AFT leaders sign letter opposing ‘fast-track’ trade deals

    AFT PRESIDENT Randi Weingarten and Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson are among the leaders of 60 unions, from across the economic spectrum, who signed a letter to Congress expressing opposition to fast-track authority, which is used to advance unfair trade deals.

    “Fast-track trade deals...