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.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Sen. Bernie Sanders, AFT President Randi Weingarten to Discuss Future of Lordstown, Ohio, in Union Town Hall
On Sunday, April 14, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will join American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and members of the AFT-affiliated Lordstown Teachers Association to discuss how General Motors’ Lordstown plant closure is hurting the community—and how to fight back. The town hall...
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Friday, March 08, 2019
AFT’s Weingarten on DC Public Schools’ $5 Million Settlement with Teachers
AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement after the Washington Teachers’ Union reached a landmark settlement with District of Columbia Public Schools over teachers terminated by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee: “This settlement doesn’t take away the hurt and shame Michelle Rhee...
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Thursday, January 17, 2019
AFT’s Weingarten on Women’s March
Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on this weekend’s women’s marches: “Two years ago, in a time of great uncertainty and concern for the future, millions of women and men came together around the nation, and the world, to make our presence felt and to show our...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
Educators at Pittsburgh Charter School Win Union
Educators at Environmental Charter School have voted for union representation in an official ballot conducted by the National Labor Relations Board this evening. A clear majority of ECS teachers and other professionals elected to unionize after signing a petition last month stating their desire to...
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Sunday, December 09, 2018
Teachers Union Leaders on Chicago Charter School Strike Victory
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey, and union bargaining committee member Martha Baumgarten issued the following statements after the bargaining team for 500 striking educators at 15 Acero charter schools reached a tentative...
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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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