Statement on Office of Child Advocate Report on Newtown Shootings

Joint statement by AFT President Randi Weingarten, AFT Connecticut President Melodie Peters and Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski on the report released today by Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate on the Dec. 14, 2012, killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown:
 

PSI Embraces Educational Support Staff

Members of AFT's Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson joined Public Services International (PSI), the global public service workers union, to help kick off its new endeavor, the Educational Support and Cultural Workers Network, at its founding meeting Tuesday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The two labor organizations stood in solidarity with school support workers around the world to create a new structure for addressing such urgent issues as funding for public education, job security, privatization and the right to organize among public school support staff.
 

To Fight Ebola America Needs a "Top Doc" Now

In November of 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General of the United States. But right-wing politicians are standing in the way of his confirmation, leaving all of us without a "top doc" for the nation. Whether it’s the unprecedented spread of Ebola or a bad flu epidemic, healthcare workers are on the frontlines of public health scares and crises every day. There’s no place for politics when people are putting their lives on the line.
 
Click here to sign the petition to say you "stand with Vivek" for surgeon general.
 

Vice-President Speaks at First Summit on Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education and workforce development create multiple pathways to high school and higher education graduation, real-world job skills and economic prosperity, speakers including Vice President Joe Biden said yesterday at the first Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Summit. The event was co-hosted by the The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the AFL-CIO, the umbrella federation for U.S. unions.
 
Click here to watch a brief video with highlights of the vice-president's remarks.
 
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