Union Talk Podcast
On Union Talk, AFT president Randi Weingarten interviews workers, policymakers and experts who are confronting the issues working families face and championing solutions. From the classroom to the bargaining table to Congress to the streets, Union Talk looks at the past, present and possible ways the labor movement and unions are vehicles to secure opportunity, justice and a voice in our democracy for all. Different episodes of Union Talk do deep dives on great public schools and affordable higher education, healthcare as a right, unions, an economy that works for all and what it takes to maintain a thriving democracy. Union Talk tells the stories that demonstrate that together we can accomplish for our families and communities what is impossible to do alone.
We Were There: To Rustin, with Love, Part 1
In part one of this unique live episode of Union Talk, AFT President Randi Weingarten honors the legacy of civil rights luminary Bayard Rustin alongside esteemed labor figures who shared his acquaintance: Rachelle Horowitz, former AFT political director; Lorretta Johnson, AFT secretary-treasurer emeritus; and Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. Also joining the discussion are Julian Breece, co-screenwriter of Rustin, and Bruce Cohen, co-producer of the film.
We Were There: To Rustin, with Love, Part 2
In the second installment of this unique live episode, AFT President Randi Weingarten and her guests delve into the complex dynamic surrounding Bayard Rustin’s dual identity as both a civil rights pioneer and a gay individual in a society that grappled with acceptance. Join the conversation with former AFT political director Rachelle Horowitz, AFT Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Lorretta Johnson, A. Philip Randolph Institute President Clayola Brown and Rustin co-screenwriter Julian Breece and co-producer Bruce Cohen.
The Promise and Threats of AI with Rep. Ro Khanna
U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna from California joins AFT President Randi Weingarten to outline strategies for ensuring that artificial intelligence serves to enhance the nation's workforce rather than displace it. They discuss essential institutional safeguards needed to protect our economy and democracy in the face of AI advancements.
A Union Talk Excerpt: Teaching Honest History
In this excerpt from our “Teaching Honest History” episode, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks to scholars Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and professor Peter Levine of Tufts University to pull back the curtain on what is behind the efforts to use critical race theory to divide parents and teachers, the importance of teaching honest history, how to support educators under attack, and how teachers and parents can partner to help all students thrive.