Labor History Lesson: The "Newsies" Strike

In a recent column for his local union's newsletter, AFT Connecticut Secretary-Treasurer Ed Leavy shared a timely lesson in how working people can collectively challenge the rich and powerful. His labor history lesson on the 1899 newsboys' strike resonates today as nearly 40,000 telecommunications workers on the East Coast engage in one of the largest labor actions in years:
 

Our Union Members are "Everyday Heroes"

AFT is made up of amazing teachers, paraprofessionals and school-related personnel, higher education faculty and staff, nurses and healthcare professionals, state employees, early childhood educators and retirees. Our national union every two years recognizes some of these "Everyday Heroes" and three members of local unions in AFT Connecticut have been selected as semifinalists for their 2016 awards.
 
Click here to cast your vote for Connecticut's nominees.
 

Summit Gives Full Context to Challenge of Teacher Diversity

Key public education stakeholders earlier this month convened to address efforts to attract, prepare and retain a teaching workforce that reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of our nation's students. The May 6 summit in Washington, D.C. drew participation from a full spectrum of organizations and individuals grappling with the issue and was co-sponsored by our national union.
 

Comments on Legislature's Passage of "Job Killing" State Budget

American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten and AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel made the following remarks on tonight's final passage of a biennial state budget package in the General Assembly:
 
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