In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT president Randi Weingarten writes about the effects on children and schools of years of budget cuts, the possible harm to programs that help disadvantaged families from the sequester, and the community action she was part of to protest widespread school closures. Read the full column.
The Nominating Committee has been appointed and a tentative slate has been prepared. To place the name of an NFT member in good standing on the ballot please email one of the Nominating Committee members below before May 6, 2013. Provide full name, worksite, and the office interested in.
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Proposed Slate for NFT Executive Board 2013/14:
Two Year Term:
President: Aaron Fix
One Year Terms:
Treasurer: Tim Blok
Secretary: Mariah Fisher
Secretary: (Shared position - additional candidate needed)
VP High School: Jon Dick
VP Middle School: Linda LaVere
VP Elementary: Fran Rozoff
The leaders of two labor organizations representing healthcare professionals announced on Feb. 14 that they have approved an affiliation agreement that will bring 34,000 registered nurses into the AFT, the largest union of professionals in the AFL-CIO.
In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, “A Great Opportunity for the Land of Opportunity,” AFT President Randi Weingarten calls for the swift passage of commonsense, compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform. “Whether it’s the realization that a nation made great by immigrants has a moral imperative to live up to our American values of democracy and opportunity, or because it’s sound economic policy, or because it’s just the right thing to do for hardworking families,” she says, “reforming our immigration system makes sense.” Read Weingarten's column.
Gun violence is a tragic, pervasive part of American life. Assassins’ bullets have felled presidents and national icons. Americans are 20 times more likely to be killed by a gun than residents of other developed countries. Even those who had grown numb to the everyday carnage were shaken last month by the unthinkable murder of the most innocent of innocents—young children in their classrooms. In the weeks since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., more than 900 people in the United States have died from gun violence. This must end. Read Weingarten's column.