Press Release

AFT Response to Project Veritas Video

For Release: 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Contact:

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

WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and AFT Michigan President David Hecker issued the following joint statement in response to a Project Veritas video posted today:

“AFT Michigan works every day to support students, teachers, and access to high-quality public education for all. Today, a widely discredited political attack group released a heavily spliced video intended to undermine educators and the unions that represent them. 

“In making the video, an anti-union operative misrepresenting herself to be a college intern trespassed and stole documents from an AFT union office in an effort to suggest that unions should not represent their members. It’s a vigilante, politically motivated smear tactic, and it does nothing to improve public education or protect students.  

“In this particular case, following accusations of a teacher’s misconduct with a child of a woman he was dating years before, the union and district officials worked together to separate a teacher from service and make sure students were protected. To this day, the teacher denies the accusations, and no charges have been filed. AFT Michigan continues to prioritize the well-being of students and the promise of high-quality public education in Michigan.”

For more background, please see this document.

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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.