Press Release

Bill Gates Addresses AFT

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Saturday, July 10, 2010


Janet Bass

SEATTLE—Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation addressed the American Federation of Teachers national convention today in Seattle. His speech to the more than 3,000 AFT delegates is available at

The AFT is holding its biennial convention July 7-11 in Seattle. Coming together under the theme “Building Futures Together,” more than 3,000 delegates will vote on major union policies that address the need to save and strengthen public education, build common cause with communities, and improve the institutions in which our members work.

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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.