Press Release

AFT President Weingarten on State Policy Network’s Agenda to Decimate Democratic and Economic Rights of Hardworking Americans

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Thursday, December 5, 2013


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Guardian expose of the State Policy Network.

"These documents published by the Guardian uncover a deliberate, contrived, secretive effort to decimate the democratic and economic rights of hardworking Americans. Powered by well-heeled donors, the State Policy Network's agenda seeks to further tip the scales against working families and the middle class—all in the service of maintaining the status quo of the austerity-laden, trickle-down economics we have today. It's an agenda to starve our communities of resources, defund public education and advocate for vouchers and other opt-outs, decimate public services, and destroy and malign unions. And these coordinated efforts have all been made behind closed doors, undermining the democratic process.

"The Guardian expose also indicates there are more documents that the public has a right to see. The State Policy Network must no longer act in the shadows—it must disclose the rest of these documents.

"The American people deserve an agenda built on expanding the middle class, reclaiming the promise of public education, ensuring strong and vibrant public services and communities, and protecting and expanding the voice of workers—with public officials who are transparent and working on behalf of their communities."

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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.