WASHINGTON-Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, AFT New Jersey President Donna Chiera, and Health Professionals and Allied Employees President Ann Twomey on the passing of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg:

“Sen. Lautenberg’s work to make America better, safer and healthier will be his lasting legacy. He was a longtime friend of labor and public employees, coming to Congress after a successful business career but never forgetting his family’s working-class union roots. He not only talked the talk about workers’ rights and voice, but he walked the walk, literally, joining picket lines when nurses had exhausted all other avenues. We will always be grateful for Sen. Lautenberg’s stalwart support of public schools, institutions of higher education, and their educators and staff. He took the time to learn from urban educators about their need for more resources, the damaging consequences for students of teacher layoffs, and the need for safe, new schools; he advocated for them relentlessly. To keep communities safe, he was the original sponsor of an assault weapons ban, vigorously supported expanded background checks, and wrote the law prohibiting domestic violence perpetrators from owning guns. Those who fly can thank Sen. Lautenberg for the ban on smoking on airplanes.

“Sen. Lautenberg was a role model as a fierce advocate for core democratic values, and he will be missed very much.”

Sen. Frank Lautenberg
"Public sector workers are essential to our economy and our communities, and the NJPP report lays out a blueprint for how to put people back to work and strengthen the middle class. We will continue working with President Obama to pass the American Jobs Act and put more teachers, cops, and firefighters on the job in New Jersey.”


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