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Professor Watchlist -- Sign the Petition to Join


"Professor Watchlist" by Turning Point USA was founded to "identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government." This blacklist allows students to submit names of professors who do or say things that are presumably opposed to conservative principles. Upon hearing that two professors from Notre Dame were on the watchlist, 100 of their colleagues petitioned the "Professor Watchlist" to be added to it themselves in a show of solidarity and to uphold academic freedom. You are invited to add your name to the watchlist. Visit Free Academics website and click on Take Action to sign the petition. To find out more about the Professor Watchlist, read a recent article from the Washington Post.


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.