Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Passing of Paul Booth

For Release: 

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

WASHINGTON—AFT President Randi Weingarten on the passing of Paul Booth:

“We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our brother Paul Booth. From his passionate and demonstrated support for civil rights, immigrant rights, women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, to, of course, his commitment to workers’ rights, Paul was a man who not only talked the talk of social justice and unionism but walked the walk—and spent every waking hour fighting to make this country live up to its potential. He was instrumental in forging the incredibly close relationship our union has with AFSCME, which has led to countless partnerships around organizing and campaigns to strengthen the voice and power of working people. Paul was a fierce advocate for workers and his union while always acting with decency, integrity and kindness, even when he disagreed with you.

“It’s impossible to add up all the ways Paul made our nation and the world a better place, and all the lives he touched helping workers organize, mentoring younger colleagues and strategizing with the rest of us on how to advance the progressive agenda we all hold dear. We miss him dearly, and we will continue to carry on the work he cared so deeply about to secure opportunity, dignity and justice for all people.

“May his memory be a blessing to us all, especially his wife, Heather, and their family. We love you, brother Paul.”

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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.