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Delegates to the biennial meeting of the American Association of University Professors voted June 18 to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers, joining forces to build a more powerful… [Read More >>]

It’s Pride Month, but as people are flocking to parades and celebrations, this year the joy is coupled with fear, as attacks on LGBTQIA+ freedom increase—from the attempt to violently… [Read More >>]

From Newtown, Conn., to Parkland, Fla., from Lansing, Mich., to Oakland, Calif., AFT members marched with the nation June 11 to end gun violence. On the main stage in Washington,… [Read More >>]

It’s been a long and winding road, but Renaissance Village—a sleek, union-built complex of teacher housing and retail shops—is open for business. More than a decade in the making and… [Read More >>]

After years of enduring fraud, students who were bilked out of billions of dollars in student loan money are finally getting some measure of justice. On June 1, the U.S.… [Read More >>]

From the AFT Voices Blog
‘They don’t know’: A March for Our Lives moment

Let’s get real on preventing gun violence. Credit: FG Trade / E+ / Getty ImagesBy Jeff WhittleOn Saturday, June 11, I was given one of the greatest honors of my life. I was asked to speak at the Lansing, Mich., March for Our Lives rally on the steps of the state Capitol,… [Read More ->>]

Supporting my LGBTQIA+ students

Credit: FG Trade/GettyBy Amber ChandlerRecently, I was lucky enough to attend the New York State United Teachers Representative Assembly as a delegate. The weekend, as it always is, was filled with inspiration, camaraderie and powerful union work. One such area of work revolved around supporting our union siblings who are experiencing… [Read More ->>]

Queer on campus: A study in contradiction

Bethany Gizzi with her child, Lee.By Bethany GizziIt’s a strange time to be queer.There are signs of acceptance and backlash in so many spaces in my life right now. During Pride Month there are signs of pride and allyship everywhere: at the grocery store, on social media, and in the commercials for businesses… [Read More ->>]

- Randi Weingarten
Children under fire

Columbine. Sandy Hook. Stoneman Douglas. Robb. Only in the United States are the names of so many children’s schools associated with gun massacres. Only here do students learn lockdown songs with lyrics like, “Go behind the desk and hide, wait until it’s safe inside.” Only here does a funeral home… [Read More ->>]

Immigrant youth dream big, continue the fight for DACA

Another “Dream Summer” is about to start. For about 70 immigrant college students and graduates, that means internships at dozens of organizations across the country, thanks to the University of California Los Angeles Labor Center’s Dream Resource Center program.Not only does Dream Summer provide crucial work experience — no small thing when you… [Read More ->>]