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From the AFT Blog

Near the close of the AFT’s 2022 election, the union’s three national officers were honored to be re-elected and to serve along with the 43 vice presidents elected to comprise… [Read More >>]

Rising star Val Demings is running against anti-choice, pro-gun incumbent Marco Rubio for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat, championing AFT priorities: ending gun violence, a woman’s right to choose, and the… [Read More >>]

Santiago Mayer became old enough to vote just six months ago, but he is already a national leader in the get-out-the-vote movement. On Sunday, this co-founder of Voters of Tomorrow—a… [Read More >>]

Whether it’s fighting for working families in the halls of Congress or setting straight a former president of the United States, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long been a champion… [Read More >>]

The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, a minister and civil rights leader, shared his grandfather’s astounding determination to vote, which he has captured in a compelling—and free—short film, Otis’ Dream.… [Read More >>]

From the AFT Voices Blog
The art of hope: One student’s journey

In August 2020, Ryan Lomber, like so many students, struggled to manage multiple crises. Looking back on that time, she remembers feeling isolated because of the pandemic. She was trying to absorb the death of Breonna Taylor, then the murder of George Floyd. She was dealing with what she calls… [Read More ->>]

Women’s history, AFT’s history

This Women’s History Month, the AFT celebrates both historical and contemporary commitments to women’s rights, gender equity and lifting up the contributions women have made since time immemorial — contributions that have often gone unrecognized.The AFT has always been deeply tied to women’s history. We represent individuals in two professions dominated by… [Read More ->>]

The state of our healthcare system: A mounting crisis

Getty Images/FG TradeBy Debbie WhiteThe staffing crisis has left healthcare on the brink of a collapse that will have dire consequences for the delivery of care. Frontline healthcare workers continue to migrate out of the profession at an alarming rate. We all know the answer is safe staffing.If we fail to… [Read More ->>]

- Randi Weingarten
What unions do

Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: “Union Membership: Very Sexy.” The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security — all associated with union membership — boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee… [Read More ->>]

Staffing by the numbers

Photo credit: Getty ImagesBy Niky JonesAs a cardiac telemetry tech, it is my responsibility to constantly watch and interpret patients’ cardiac rhythms and respond at a moment’s notice if there is any change. We have gone from an average of 110 patients a day to 150 patients with only the same three… [Read More ->>]