Weingarten Urges Activism and Advocacy in New Jersey

Adrienne Coles, AFT

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Randi Weingarten speaks to AFTNJ and HPAE members at the Rutgers Labor Education Center. Click image for more photos.

As the New Jersey legislative session was set to begin, AFT president Randi Weingarten took some time on Jan. 27 to talk with members of AFT New Jersey and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees about the importance of getting actively involved in political education and advocacy.…

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Christie’s ‘Pants on Fire’ and other Fact Checks from the State of the State

While Governor Chris Christie said positive things about teachers, but stayed silent about higher education in Tuesday’s State of the State address, PolitiFact and AFTNJ identified several snippets of harmful hyperbole from the Governor that earn him a “Pants on Fire” rating. AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera addressed Governor Christie’s education reform agenda from her classroom experience and seat on the teacher evaluation and effectiveness task force.“It is unfortunate that Governor Christie continues to repeat misstatements about the Newark Public Schools that denigrate the students and teachers there,” said Chiera.
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A Win for Workers, and for Us All

By Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

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Randi Weingarten talking to Ohio families about the importance of collective bargaining rights.

“As Ohio goes, so goes the nation” has taken on new meaning after this week’s election. The people of Ohio used their citizen veto decisively to repeal legislation that would have stripped police officers, teachers, firefighters and other public workers of their right to bargain collectively.…

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Unions investing in America’s infrastructure

“At a time when banks have frozen investment and municipalities have frozen borrowing, we’ve decided to step forward,” says Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers. In January, Weingarten began meeting with the leaders of other major public employee unions, including some — the Service Employees International Union, the National Education Association — that aren’t AFL-CIO members.…

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