Press Release

Workers Need This: AFT-West Virginia’s Albert and AFT’s Weingarten on Future of Build Back Better

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Andrew Crook
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.AFT-West Virginia President Fred Albert and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement on the pressing need to return to the table and pass the Build Back Better Act:

“If we’ve learned anything during this pandemic, it’s that we have to change the rules of the economy to help the working people of West Virginia and the country writ large. That’s why we strongly urge Sen. Joe Manchin to reconsider his position on Build Back Better and honor his commitment to President Biden and the American people.

“BBB will cut families a much-needed break by lowering the costs they pay on prescription drugs, child care and healthcare, while creating hundreds of thousands of union jobs. It will curb, not increase, prices. In fact, the economic consensus could not be clearer on how this bill will help working folks thrive.

“West Virginians need this bill. Now, it’s time for Sen. Manchin to take stock and help West Virginian and American families pave a path to a better future.”

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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.