Posts Tagged ‘AFT’

As King Memorial is dedicated on National Mall, fight for workers’ rights goes on

Forty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a full slate of commemorations are scheduled for this weekend to mark the dedication of his long-awaited memorial statue on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Given the disturbing news that the average white household is an astounding twenty times wealthier than the average black household, it’s good news that the country will be revisiting King’s vision this weekend. Clearly, the fight for equality in America is far from over. Read more »

 

Clinton praises AFL-CIO and AFT program to get America working

This week, more than 50 heads of state and 1,200 guests, including President Barack Obama, attended the seventh annual Clinton Global Initiative. Founded in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative brings policymakers, CEOs, leading thinkers, and philanthropists together to solve problems . With the focus of this year’s meeting on creating jobs, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten joined the conference, offering innovative solutions to get America back to work.

Clinton praised a pledge by the AFL-CIO and a coalition chaired by the AFT to invest $10 billion dollars in energy-efficient infrastructure and green job training: “This is a huge deal. This could be done not just in the United States but in every European country, in every wealthy Asian country. This system will work and you get guaranteed savings.” Read more »

 

Today’s lesson: Teachers’ unions and administrators work together to improve schools

 style=It’s that time of year again. Children will soon line the streets with their shiny new lunchboxes, waiting for the bus to arrive. As you see your child off to school this year, remember the foundation of a solid education—teachers. A report from the American Rights at Work Education Fund highlights the positive impact labor-management partnerships are having in our nation’s classrooms—and underscores the role collective bargaining plays in improving student achievement. Read more »

 

Making noise on K Street

My shirt is still drying and my hair might need a towel, but I didn’t want to waste any time: I just got back from representing American Rights at Work at the K Street Showdown protest in DC.

The rally was organized by the AFL-CIO, SEIU, Jobs with Justice, National People’s Action (NPA), MoveOn.org, and others – and the cold rain didn’t hamper attendance one bit. People of all ages, races, and affiliations assembled at McPherson Square, wielding signs and umbrellas, eager to take on Wall Street’s lobbyist allies. Chants ranged from “Bank of America, bad for America!” to “Move banks, get out the way!” with smatterings of “Si se puede!” and accompanied by a wide variety of percussion instruments.

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Pink hearts and Megan Fox

pink heartThousands of teachers and other education professionals are wearing pink hearts to school today.  Why?  Because with schools across the country facing budget cuts, an estimated 300,000 educators may receive a pink slip by the end of this school year.  The American Federation of Teachers’ “Pink Hearts, Not Pink Slips” campaign is drawing attention to the impact on students, schools and communities when drastic budget cuts result in layoffs.

One PTA in Los Angeles enlisted actress Megan Fox to create a funny—and pointed—video dramatizing the effects of budget cuts on California schools. Check it out:

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