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AFT-NJ’s Perth Amboy Federation of Teachers is using its Return, Recover and Reimagine grant from the national union for a vaccination and literacy campaign, teaming up with an ever-growing group… [Read More >>]

Five top experts on education and health met with AFT President Randi Weingarten for a virtual town hall Aug. 31 to offer insights on how to make this year’s return… [Read More >>]

As students and staff head back to school, AFT activists gathered Monday evening, Aug. 23, for a telephone town hall with AFT President Randi Weingarten. Teachers have done everything society… [Read More >>]

Last summer, executives at Windham Hospital in Willimantic, Conn., announced that it would seek approval from the state to end labor and delivery services at the facility, citing that the… [Read More >>]

AFT leaders and members turned out for voting rights rallies in four cities over the weekend as the Fighting for Our Vote coalition kicked off a long-term campaign against voter… [Read More >>]

From the AFT Voices Blog
- Randi Weingarten
Schools must be safe, welcoming — and open

Schools must be safe, welcoming — and openStudents are settling into the third straight school year disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Since Aug. 1, I have been on the road visiting public schools in 30 communities in 14 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. I’ve sensed the trepidation students, parents and school staff… [Read More ->>]

In debt and on the frontlines of healthcare

Image: baona/GettyBy Nicole Brun-CottanI chose my work as a physical therapist because rehabilitation medicine focuses on freedom and function, and those things really matter for quality of life. I work with people who are experiencing serious trauma or who are learning how to survive with enduring disability.First, let me explain… [Read More ->>]

- Randi Weingarten
Reflections on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 during unprecedented times

Sept. 11, 2001, was primary day, and I was in Brooklyn getting out the vote when the sound of an explosion stopped me and my colleagues in our tracks. We were dumbstruck, and by the time the second plane hit the second tower, we knew that the world had suddenly… [Read More ->>]

- Randi Weingarten
Here’s why I have hope this Labor Day

This Labor Day, we find ourselves caring, fighting and showing up: caring for those who are suffering the consequences of the pandemic, hurricanes, flash floods and wildfires; fighting for our members, students, patients and communities to have the freedom to thrive; and showing up by crisscrossing the country supporting our… [Read More ->>]

- Randi Weingarten
Vaccinate to stem the tide of COVID-19

Students and staff are returning to school amid the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths, the third straight school year under the cloud of the coronavirus, and more than 40 percent of eligible Americans — those 12 and older — having not gotten their second or even first vaccination. All this leaves me… [Read More ->>]