Weingarten Urges Activism and Advocacy in New Jersey

Adrienne Coles, AFT

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.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pushing an agenda filled with attacks on K-12 education through undermining tenure and promoting vouchers, as well as a hastily conceived plan to merge higher education institutions.…

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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
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A Win for Workers, and for Us All

By Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

“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.

It is the first time in the nation’s history that collective bargaining rights have been upheld on a statewide ballot.…

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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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Randi Weingarten Shows Solidarity with Newark Teachers Union

Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers and former head of New York City’s teachers union, last Thursday unveiled her plan for revamping teacher tenure.

On Monday, where better to make one of her first stops than in New Jersey, a state that has become a national showpiece for how school reform — including tenure reform — could play out?…

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