As NJEA continues fight with Sweeney, AFT gives endorsement

Brenda Flanagan, Senior Correspondent

Third Legislative District Democrat Steve Sweeney got hugs and kudos Tuesday from the other teachers union at Rowan University. The American Federation of Teachers has endorsed the incumbent Senate president’s re-election, despite disagreements on some issues like public employee pensions.

“And don’t you think we had a couple of harsh words with each other when that pension deal was going on a few years ago? Yes, but you know something? This guy is a working class stiff. He’s an iron worker. And if you look at his entire record of what he has done, this is a guy who walks the walk with working people,” said Randi Weingarten, AFT president.

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Meanwhile, the AFT’s New Jersey President Donna Chiera says the two unions agreed to disagree.

“I’m respecting their process and they must’ve made that decision based on what their membership wanted,” said Chiera.

Chiera says democracy is messy and that after the LD3 knockdown and drag out, teachers will have to close ranks and work together.

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