Press Release

AFT President Randi Weingarten on Sexual Harassment in the Labor Movement

For Release: 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Washington—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on sexual harassment and the AFL-CIO following today’s Bloomberg story:

“You can’t talk the talk of civil rights and economic dignity without walking the walk. Unions, more than most, must understand that lesson, and we must do everything we can to ensure our workplaces are free from sexual harassment.

“That means, just as we criticized Trump and Weinstein and Ailes, we must have zero tolerance for sexual harassment in our own house. Creating clear and effective policy remedying sexual harassment is an important first step for the AFL-CIO, but it’s not sufficient. The AFL-CIO should lead, not follow, when it comes to workplace safety, which means not just reacting but creating an anti-harassment culture. Working women and their families must be able to have confidence and trust in their unions.”

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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.