AFT President Randi Weingarten today delivered a major address on the crisis hollowing out the teaching profession—massive disinvestment in public education and deprofessionalization. In her speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., she called for reinvestment and freedom to teach. It was followed by two panels featuring education leaders who laid out pragmatic solutions.
AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.
GOTV in crucial states to honor Ginsburg’s legacy
In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.
NYSUT sues the state over funding, safety, accommodations
Guidance and Resources on Coronavirus
We offer the following as a gateway to resources on the coronavirus outbreak, including guidance specific to public school employees, higher education faculty and to our members who work in health care.
Find the NYSUT Coronavirus toolkit at: NYSUT.org/coronavirus
NYSUT-backed bus camera law helps keep kids safe
The stop-arm camera law enacted this summer is already working. "One of our drivers had a car pass her while she was stopped with the lights on. We were able to get the plate number and we took it to the cops, and it worked," said Charlie Jones, a bus driver in Bethlehem, near Albany.
As the presidential elections inch closer and the field of candidates gets more and more competitive, AFT members are engaging, parsing campaign platforms, asking questions of the candidates, and voicing their priorities as educators, healthcare practitioners and public employees. Thus far, the AFT has hosted eight AFT Votes town halls in eight different locations across the country, giving members the opportunity to meet candidates in person and hear about their stands on education, working families, healthcare and other top-line issues. Also part of the AFT’s robust endorsement process: surveys, debate parties and lots of information on AFTVotes.org.
Join the team to fight breast cancer
Form your local union teams now for the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in October. Last year, NYSUT members generated more than $722,000 in donations. Don't forget to register with ACS under NYSUT's Flagship sponsorship.