American Federation of Teachers

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.6 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.

Releases by this organization

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
AFT Statement on the Passing of Linda Brown
Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the death of Linda Brown, whose enrollment in an all-white Kansas school was blocked, inspiring the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education: “At a moment in history when young students are leading fights...
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Shut Out, Again: AFT’s Weingarten on DeVos School Safety Commission
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement on the first meeting of the Betsy DeVos-led school safety commission: “Teachers and parents have gotten pretty used to Education Secretary DeVos shutting us out and refusing to listen to those closest to our...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018
AFT Executive Council Condemns Gun Violence
At a meeting of its executive council today, the American Federation of Teachers passed a wide-ranging resolution condemning gun violence and calls to arm teachers, while urging action to protect children and educators from gun violence. AFT President Randi Weingarten said: “It’s time for...
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Friday, February 09, 2018
AFT President Randi Weingarten Responds to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Locking Out Parents, Teachers and Students from Department of Education
Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten after Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos locked teachers, parents and students out of the Department of Education: “Secretary DeVos spends a lot of time listening to pollsters and profiteers who are trying to ‘soften’ her image and make money off kids and...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
AFT President Randi Weingarten on President Trump’s State of the Union Address
Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on President Trump’s State of the Union address. Weingarten attended the address as a guest of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “The test of any president is whether he can unite a country and enact policies that enable broad-based opportunity. On...
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017
AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Passage of the GOP Tax Bill
Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the passage of the GOP tax bill: “This isn’t tax reform; it is simply the largest transfer of wealth to those at the top in generations—at the expense of working and middle-class Americans. President Trump may have campaigned as a populist, but with...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Message to Betsy DeVos: Take Campus Sexual Assault Seriously
Today, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is finally meeting with advocates for campus sexual assault survivors. It’s a step forward. But the Department of Education has also taken two giant steps back in the last 24 hours. First, DeVos scheduled similar meetings with “men’s rights activists” and...
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