MINNEAPOLIS—Delegates to the American Federation of Teachers national convention voted overwhelmingly to endorse Hillary Clinton for president.
“Like so many of our members, Hillary Clinton has spent her entire career fighting for children and families,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Last night, Hillary reiterated her commitment to stand with us. Today, our members made it clear that we stand with her, too.”
In June 2015, the AFT became the first national union to endorse Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primary.
“We endorsed Hillary today for the same reasons we endorsed in the Democratic primary,” Weingarten continued. “She is a tested leader who shares our values. Over and over again, our members have seen Hillary demonstrate the compassion, courage and commitment it takes to achieve real-world change.”
Speaking before a crowd of more than 4,000 delegates and guests at the AFT’s biennial convention, Hillary Clinton drew multiple standing ovations when she detailed a strong vision for public schools and public services with emphasis on well-resourced institutions, effective community connections, and solid school strategies forged in partnership with educators and workers on the frontline.
“I want to thank you for being one of the essential partners for everything we need to do to move the country in the right direction,” Clinton declared to enthusiastic applause. “I want to say right from the outset that I’m with you. When I’m president, you will have a partner in the White House, and you will always have a seat at the table.”
Clinton discussed her plans for building a strong economy, supporting public education, expanding healthcare access, advancing racial justice and equity, and other issues important to AFT members and our communities.
“Hillary Clinton listens, and she follows through. And she keeps her promises,” Weingarten said. “Our members trust she’ll keep the promise she’s made to Americans, the promise to break down barriers, to raise people’s wages and to keep America safe.”
As in past elections, the AFT’s 1.6 million members will be a powerful organizing force behind our endorsed candidates up and down the ballot. Leading up to November 2016, AFT members are expected to make more than 1 million phone calls and knock on more than 500,000 doors.