AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera and AFT President Randi Weingarten have issued statements in response to the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Donna M. Chiera:
“Of all the images capturing the chaos at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the ones that struck me to the core were those of police with their service weapons drawn, aimed at angry civilians still unwilling to accept the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.…
Beth Antunez, Shital Shah and Marla Ucelli-Kashyap on Nov. 10 were named by the Biden-Harris Transition Team to the Department of Education agency review team.
The three AFT staffers will serve in a volunteer capacity.
According to the Agency Review Teams site, “These teams are composed of highly experienced and talented professionals with deep backgrounds in crucial policy areas across the federal government.…Read More
President-elect Joe Biden has a lot on his plate in terms of education policies in the United States, among them how to handle student debt and naming a new education secretary.
One name being discussed as a replacement for Betsy DeVos: AFT President Randi Weingarten.
Washington Post writer Valerie Strauss takes at look at these issues and others.…Read More
The polls are closed, but the presidential election isn’t over yet, as mail-in ballots continue to be tabulated in several states.
The AFT’s stance is very clear: Count every vote. And with that in mind, AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera addresses her members in a video about why it’s important for all votes to be counted.…Read More
Nov. 3 has arrived, and for those who have not cast their votes, here is what you need to know on Election Day:
The wording of Public Question No. 1 on the New Jersey 2020 election ballot is simple enough: Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
Should it pass, the resulting actions and reactions could become complicated.
“We have evidence from other states that have made this change, and like many issues we see in politics and philosophy, the interpretation is often subjective even when the data are objective,” said Rutgers University professor Dr.…Read More
In Protecting American Democracy, an American Federation of Teachers resolution that was unanimously passed by the executive council, the AFT details its dedication to the following four propositions:
In a video message to AFTNJ members, AFT President Randi Weingarten touches upon the issues at the forefront of the presidential election and explains why it is important to vote for the union-endorsed New Jersey congressional candidates, among them Amy Kennedy.
“Just this week, I spent time with Amy when the AFT Votes [bus] swung through New Jersey,” she said.…Read More
AFT President Randi Weingarten was in New Jersey on Oct. 24 as part of the AFT Votes bus tour’s two Garden State stops, both to rally support for congressional candidate Amy Kennedy.
The first stop was in Franklinville, where Weingarten said, “We need a Senate and we need a Congress that work in an audacious way in that first 100 days to actually turn around what has become a very deep recession for working people.”…Read More
The AFT Votes bus will roll into South Jersey for two stops on Oct. 24.
The first is the Vote With Amy Event, set for 5:30 p.m. at 1571 Delsea Drive in Franklinville, in support of Amy Kennedy, who is running for Congress in New Jersey’s second district. Kennedy, AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus and AFTNJ President Donna M.…Read More
Technically, he’s retired, but Mark Chaykin has not been one to stay inactive.
A few years ago, around the time he moved to New Jersey, Chaykin — who in his career was a teacher in Queens, New York, and director of field services for New York State United Teachers — became more involved with the retired teachers chapter of the United Federation of Teachers.…Read More
New Jersey Congressman Andy Kim will participate in a virtual forum Oct. 13 at 8:30 p.m. ET to discuss what’s going on in Washington, D.C., and issues that are important to labor union members.
Participants will be able to submit questions directly to Kim. To register for the event, click here.…Read More
On Sept. 30, the AFT Votes bus hit the road, and it will be making stops in at least 15 states into early November.
Joining AFT President Randi Weingarten on the tour are AFT Secretary-Treasurer Fedrick Ingram and AFT Executive Vice President Evelyn DeJesus.
“We’ll be talking to our colleagues, our friends and families, and others in our communities about the stakes in this election and about the choices,” said Weingarten.…Read More
AFTNJ is encouraging its members to not only return their 2020 election ballots early but to participate in this week’s #AFTVotes social media campaign.
Today through Oct. 2, post a selfie on your social media accounts holding a printout of the sign above and include the hashtag #AFTVotes.
To download a copy of the sign, click here.…Read More