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.

 

Latest Episodes

Union Talk Podcast, 6/20/24

6/20/24

A Union Talk Recap: Pride and Power

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Brian Bond, the executive director of PFLAG, celebrate Pride encouraging everyone to build community in solidarity as a way to push back against bigoted legislation that targets LGBTQIA+ kids and teachers.

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Union Talk Podcast, 5/16/24

5/16/24

AFT Celebrates 10 Million-Book Giveaway and the Power of Reading

Celebrate with AFT President Randi Weingarten, First Book co-founder and CEO Kyle Zimmer and AFT Massachusetts Secretary-Treasurer Brant Duncan as they recognize the impact of distributing 10 million books to kids and communities and the power of literacy against divisive politics and fear.

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Union Talk Podcast, 5/8/24

5/8/24

A Union Talk Recap: Teacher Appreciation Week with ‘Abbott Elementary’ Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph

Get ready to be inspired as AFT President Randi Weingarten sits down with the electrifying Emmy-winning actor Sheryl Lee Ralph in this exhilarating excerpt from our 2023 Teacher Appreciation Week episode.

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Union Talk Podcast, 4/30/24

4/30/24

The Transformative Power of Community Schools

Join AFT President Randi Weingarten in an exciting episode as she sits down with Dr. Sonya Lisa Romero-Autrey and Leslie Hu, passionate advocates for community schools. Together, they delve into the transformative power of community schools, showcasing their capacity to enhance connections, improve academic performance and reshape public schools into vibrant neighborhood hubs tailored to the unique needs of students and families.

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More Episodes

4/16/24

Experiential Learning: Where Passion Meets Purpose, with Gov. Wes Moore

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3/28/24

Standing Together: Fighting for a Unified Israel

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3/21/24

Women’s Rights in Focus: Celebrating Women’s History Month

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2/27/24

We Were There: To Rustin, with Love, Part 1

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2/27/24

We Were There: To Rustin, with Love, Part 2

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2/20/24

The Promise and Threats of AI with Rep. Ro Khanna

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2/13/24

A Union Talk Excerpt: Teaching Honest History

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2/7/24

A Union Talk Excerpt: Finding the Real Rosa Parks

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1/30/24

A Union Talk Excerpt—After the Shootings: How to Help Our Kids and Ourselves

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1/16/24

How to Preserve Democracy in 2024

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12/27/23

Innovation and Tech Partnerships Expand Career-Focused, Hands-On Learning in NY

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12/20/23

Pro-Student, Pro-Public School Victories in School Board Elections

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11/22/23

A ‘Union Talk’ Excerpt: Are School Vouchers Good for Education?

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11/13/23

The Core Values of the AFT

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11/6/23

How to Rescue Teachers from ‘Beyond Burnout’

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10/16/23

A ‘Real Solutions’ Excerpt: Engaging Students Through Career and Technical Education

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10/10/23

A ‘Real Solutions’ Excerpt: Social Media and Our Kids

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10/2/23

Real Solutions: Creating Joyful and Confident Readers

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10/2/23

Real Solutions: Creating Joyful and Confident Readers

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9/25/23

The Promise of Community Schools

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9/1/23

The Real Lives of Teachers

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7/28/23

How Education Is Bridging the Divides Between Jews and Arabs

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7/25/23

Randi Weingarten’s Keynote Speech at TEACH

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6/27/23

Pride and Power

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6/23/23

Engaging Students Through Career and Technical Education

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5/8/23

Teacher Appreciation Week with ‘Abbott Elementary’ Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph

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3/29/23

In Defense of Public Education

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3/20/23

Why Workers Need Paid Leave Now

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2/28/23

Finding the Real Rosa Parks with Soledad O’Brien

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2/22/23

Are School Vouchers Good for Education?

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2/3/23

The Promise of Community Schools

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1/31/23

Randi Weingarten Goes One-On-One with Govs. Michelle Lujan Grisham and J. B. Pritzker

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12/20/22

Reading Opens the World: Building a Nation of Confident, Joyous Readers

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12/12/22

How to Fix the Healthcare Staffing Shortage

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11/4/22

2022 Midterm Roundtable with Congressional Candidates Nikki Budzinski, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. Jahana Hayes and Robert Zimmerman

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10/3/22

Solutions to the nationwide teacher and school staff shortages

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9/16/22

White House “Back to School” Panel Discussion

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8/5/22

2022 American Federation of Teachers Convention Highlights

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7/21/22

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s 2022 State of the Union Speech

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6/21/22

After the Shootings: How to Help Our Kids and Ourselves

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6/9/22

Guns and Hate: Buffalo, Uvalde and Other Tragedies

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5/12/22

Social Media and Our Kids: A Conversation with Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen

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1/21/22

Omicron, Boosters and Schools

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12/08/21

Teaching Honest History

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11/22/21

COVID-19 Vaccines and Children

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11/01/21

Do you have student debt? New Changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and how this can help you!

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10/07/21

From the Bedside: A Conversation with Nurses Caring for COVID Patients

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09/22/21

Prioritizing Student and Staff Safety in the Classroom

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09/04/21

Labor Day with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

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09/04/21

A Safe Back to School for All

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