Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on Baltimore Teachers Union Election

For Release: 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Contact:

Oriana Korin
202-374-6103
Oriana.Korin@aft.org

WASHINGTON—Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Baltimore Teachers Union election:
 
“Several of our members and leaders in Baltimore have reached out expressing concerns about what has transpired since the local election for the BTU president and executive board was held last week. I take these concerns very seriously.
 
“I believe all parties have now come to the national union seeking intervention, be it temporary trusteeship, an investigation or a rerun of the most recent election. I have been in touch with each of them and heard their concerns, and our office has received their formal complaints. Under the authority granted to the AFT under our constitution and the BTU’s constitution, we will carefully and objectively weigh the arguments and positions of all parties and will make a decision on the next steps in the coming days.” 

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The AFT represents 1.7 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.