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AFT Leaders on Nomination of Tom Price as HHS Secretary

Nov. 29, 2016

WASHINGTON—In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services, leaders of the AFT, the nation’s second-largest union of nurses and healthcare professionals, have issued the following statement:

AFT President Randi Weingarten:
“During the campaign, Mr. Trump promised seniors that he was a different type of Republican—that he understood the importance of Medicare and would not touch it. This nomination of Tom Price makes that promise a nullity; it would appear from this and other nominations that raiding public funds for private profit is a more animating principle to the president-elect than Americans' healthcare and well-being. [read full statement]

Statement by Randi Weingarten on the Nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education

November 23, 2016

Weingarten on Nomination of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON—In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education, AFT President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement: “The president-elect, in his selection of Betsy DeVos, has chosen the most ideological, anti-public education nominee put forward since President Carter created a Cabinet-level Department of Education. [see full statement]

Seeking Nominees for Nominations & Elections Committee

As you know, our biennial convention will take place in six short months and we will be electing officers at the convention.

The AFT Washington Executive Board is calling for nominations for members in good standing to serve on the 2017 Nominations and Elections Committee. The Nominations and Elections Committee consists of three members with no more than one member from a local. The committee accepts nominations for the offices of the president, secretary, treasurer, and the vice presidents and ensures they meet the requirements.


AFT President Calls on President-elect Trump to Denounce Hatred

AFT President Randi Weingarten, the Southern Law Poverty Center, and over 120 individuals and groups released a letter calling on President-elect Donald Trump to demonstrate leadership and denounce the many acts of hatred being carried out across the country - invoking his name and slogans. Read the letter.

Weingarten was joined in a press conference on Friday by Reverend William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP; Maureen Costello, program director at Southern Poverty Law Center, and many others, including Minneapolis teacher Scott Kasten, to release the letter publicly. You can watch the event here.

Finally, Weingarten's column about what we can do as a union in the wake of the elections can be read here.

COPE: Building Our Union's Power, Building a Better Future

COPE - our Committee on Political Education -- is the political action committee for AFT Washington. COPE enables our union to engage the membership in both creating our political agenda and in making meaningful financial contributions to support candidates who will champion our legislative agenda. We do not use union dues to contribute to COPE. All contributions are voluntary.


Will You Tell Us Your Story About Working in Education?

You make important contributions to society – both at work and in your personal lives. Most days, you go above and beyond what is required.

Stories are a powerful way to communicate. Please take a few minutes to tell us your story and the value of your work. It is important that everyone who cares about our students know who you are, the conditions under which you work, and the many contributions you make despite difficulties.