Press Release

Hillary Clinton to Speak at AFT Convention in Minneapolis

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers, the first national union to endorse Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president, announced today that Clinton will be the featured guest speaker on the first day of the AFT convention later this month.

Clinton is scheduled to address the more than 3,000 delegates to the AFT convention on Monday, July 18. AFT President Randi Weingarten also will give her keynote speech on July 18.

The convention will take place July 18-21 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

“Since our endorsement last July before the primaries, the stakes in this election have been raised significantly. Hillary Clinton is the right person for the job,” said Weingarten.

“Our country needs a strong leader with experience, a steady temperament, and the ability to build on the progress we have made over the last seven years. We need a president who will focus on raising wages and leveling the playing field so working families have a fair shot to achieve the American dream. And we need a president who will focus on breaking down barriers, not building walls,” Weingarten said. “It will be an honor and a privilege to have Hillary speak to our educators, school support staff, higher education faculty and staff, healthcare professionals and public employees, many of whom worked very hard during the primary season to help elect her.”

During the AFT convention, the union of 1.6 million members will be celebrating our centennial anniversary, honoring the accomplishments of the past and addressing how they will inspire our future.

This and all general sessions with a featured speaker will be live-streamed. Members of the media who would like to attend the Clinton address and other convention sessions must register here.

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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.