Press Release

AFT's Weingarten on Teacher Appreciation Day and Nurses Week

For Release: 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Marcus Mrowka
202-531-0689 (cell)

AFT President Randi Weingarten statement celebrating Teacher Appreciation Day and National Nurses Week.

"Nursing and teaching—these are the caring professions. Nurses are there for people when they are the most vulnerable, and teachers are there to help kids achieve their dreams.

"But neither profession, both predominately female, gets the respect or dignity it deserves. We are profoundly grateful every day for nurses' and teachers' service to our children, our families and our communities, and hope others join us, especially this week, in showing them that gratitude."

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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.