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From the AFT Blog
- Randi Weingarten
Creating opportunity and bridging divides

Are we becoming an increasingly dis-United States? Extremist politicians exploit anger and resentment, many traditional and social media outlets fuel grievances and distrust of “the other,” and, despite the strong [Read More >>]

- Randi Weingarten
My end of year message

Dear friend,As I reflect on this year, I am so grateful for AFT members and allies like you. You make a difference in people’s lives every day, through all of [Read More >>]

- Randi Weingarten
It’s not too late to preserve American democracy — yet

It’s not too late to preserve American democracy — yetLet’s start with a thought experiment: A candidate for president is asked to reassure voters that he has no plans to abuse his [Read More >>]

- Randi Weingarten
AI is a) powerful, b) perilous or c) both

It’s a head-spinning time to be an educator in the United States. From the difficulties of teaching during a pandemic, to getting caught in the crosshairs of culture wars, to [Read More >>]

- Randi Weingarten
Labor Day Message 2023

This message was sent as an email to AFT members and allies.This Labor Day, Americans are giving unions a thumbs-up. It’s not just the hot labor summer, it’s the union advantage — workers [Read More >>]

From the AFT Voices Blog
- AFT
Roots of solidarity

Kate Robbins (far right) with her grandparents, baby brother and mother.By Kate RobbinsWhen I decided to pursue my doctorate in physical therapy and later in my role as a hospital-based physical therapist, I never considered the possibility that I would have the opportunity to join a union. Nevertheless, when my colleagues Mary [Read More ->>]

- AFT
The transformative power of accessible healthcare: Janice Poirier’s story

Janice Poirier during a visit to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to lobby for lower prescription drug costs.In August 2022, President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act ignited hope across the nation, bringing about a revolutionary change in prescription drug costs. This February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sent out the [Read More ->>]

- AFT
Becoming a U.S. citizen

Ruxandra Westra celebrates her first day of citizenshipBy Ruxandra WestraI first came to the United States from Romania in 1989. I was newly married to an American man of Romanian descent, and we planned to settle in Los Angeles, his home city. After four years of waiting for approval to leave [Read More ->>]

- AFT
Sharing Lunar New Year: Longevity, lion dances and learning

Tracy Lai in her Chinese New Year jacket, circa 1960sBy Tracy LaiWhen I was a little girl, I knew there was something special about “our” new year. Unlike the Jan. 1 celebration, Chinese New Year had nothing to do with champagne and resolutions. It was all about family.Now we call the holiday “Lunar [Read More ->>]

- Randi Weingarten
Creating opportunity and bridging divides

Are we becoming an increasingly dis-United States? Extremist politicians exploit anger and resentment, many traditional and social media outlets fuel grievances and distrust of “the other,” and, despite the strong economic recovery underway, inequality between working people and the wealthy remains unacceptably high. Lincoln’s warning about a house divided comes [Read More ->>]