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Strikes and shutdowns

In Los Angeles, UTLA members took to the picket lines because their schools are starved of resources. In Washington, D.C., President Trump has shut down the government to secure his border wall. In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that when our elected leaders fail, whether by not funding public schools or by shutting down services that provide for our safety, they strike at the very heart of what makes us a democratic republic. Read the full column.

Struggling in a ‘strong’ economy

In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten highlights the massive gap between President Trump’s rhetoric and reality.  While the well-to-do are doing very well in the current economy, working Americans have been left behind. Weingarten demands leaders take action to benefit all Americans by ensuring accessible, affordable healthcare for all; reining in college debt; and adequately funding public education. Read the full column.

Weingarten Speech on Education & Economy, Nov. 17

AFT president Randi Weingarten will deliver a speech on Nov. 17 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., titled "After the Election: Making the Right Choices for Education and the Economy." New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will introduce Weingarten. She will discuss the direction needed for public education and the impact of the economy on public services, especially in light of the Nov. 4 election results.

Invitations to the event have been sent to media, congressional leaders and staff, educational leaders, labor leaders and others. There has been a lot of interest in the event, so a full house is expected at the Press Club. Following Weingarten's speech, the full transcript and video highlights will be available online.

November 7, 2008