Press Release

What’s Happening Saturday at the AFT 2010 Convention

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Friday, July 9, 2010


George Jackson

SEATTLE—Bill Gates will share his ideas and vision for public education Saturday afternoon at the American Federation of Teachers 2010 convention. The 3,000-plus delegates at the convention also will hear remarks from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; Dr. Juan Andrade, president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute; and U.S. congressional candidate Joyce Elliott.

WHEN:   Saturday, July 10
10 a.m. – noon
Dr. Juan Andrade, president, United States Hispanic Leadership Institute
Joyce Elliott, candidate for U.S. House of Representative and an AFT member
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
General Session
Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

WHERE:  Washington State Convention Center, Seattle

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.