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The AFT brought together an engaging town hall panel on April 13 to discuss advancing a labor-climate agenda, including actress and activist Jane Fonda, Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement,… [Read More >>]

As some educators begin to return to school buildings, and others continue to teach virtually, many are confronted with a stew of emotions among their students. The AFT is here… [Read More >>]

A strategy-savvy, action-focused new AFT faculty local at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater organizes during a pandemic, weathers a tough reopening fight and beats back 67 layoffs. And they’re just getting… [Read More >>]

As part of the Biden administration’s giant push to get the nation past the pandemic and back on its feet, AFT President Randi Weingarten joined environmental and economic justice leaders… [Read More >>]

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the AFT town hall on March 23 featured a conversation about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women, as well as the… [Read More >>]

From the AFT Voices Blog
Student debt is a barrier to education

By Darimir PerezMy name is Darimir Perez, and I am a middle school guidance counselor in Washington Heights, in New York City. I immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic with my siblings when I was 13 years old, and unfortunately my father passed away soon after. As a… [Read More ->>]

Racism in policing: Two views from inside

The American Federation of Teachers invited state and local leaders from around the country to take part in a series of chats with AFT staff for Black History Month in February. Two of these leaders from AFT Public Employees were Antoinette Ryan-Johnson, an employee of the Baltimore Police Department and… [Read More ->>]

Listen to teachers: Reopen safely, and reopen better

SDI Productions / E+ / Getty ImagesBy Corinne LyonsEvery teacher I know wants to return to school buildings. They want to teach face to face, for the full 7 1/2-hour day. They are not resisting a return to school.We want it. We need it. We miss it.What we ARE asking is to be able… [Read More ->>]

When choosing to be a nurse means choosing student debt

Getty/valentinrussanovBy Melissa CainI am a nurse.Every day I take care of people at their most vulnerable. Patients depend on me to insert IV lines for life-saving drugs, swab wounds so they don’t become infected, listen sympathetically, develop treatment plans that will hasten their healing, and reassure them and their families on their… [Read More ->>]

Taking on student debt for my dad

Getty/ljubaphotoBy Sarabeth MurrayWhy did I take out student loans?I did it so I could become a nurse. For my dad.When I was 3 years old, my father was told he had just six months to live. His cancer was expected to take him fast.In those early days, Dad would set little milestones for himself.… [Read More ->>]