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President Joe Biden addresses the care workers’ coalition: “You’re all somebody’s hero. We need you.”

Biden, AFT join rally for early childhood educators and all care workers

President Joe Biden joined AFT President Randi Weingarten and other leaders from labor and the care community on April 9 to celebrate our nation’s caregivers. Along with a host of workers and activists, Biden and Weingarten celebrated the progress made for care workers, while also calling for legislative action. The event at Union Station in Washington, D.C., coincided with two milestones: the second annual White House proclamation of April as Care Workers Recognition Month and the first anniversary of Biden’s executive order to strengthen care work.


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SAVE-ing borrowers from student debt

President Joe Biden’s new SAVE program has brought student debt relief to millions of federal student loan borrowers. Our AFT Voices blog post explains how it works and features the personal stories of two AFT members who were staggering under the weight of unimaginable debt, until SAVE changed everything. Credit: themacx/Getty


From left, John Della Volpe, Persis Yu, Michael Stratford (moderator, from Politico) and Randi Weingarten. Not pictured: Bharat Ramamurti.

Poll shows student debt as an election issue

Voters care deeply about student debt, and a new poll from Protect Borrowers Action, an advocacy group working to fight crushing student debt, suggests the issue could have a significant impact on this year’s presidential election. At a panel discussion March 26, experts discussed just how strongly voters favor student debt relief, which voters care most, and how to get the word out about the student debt relief the Biden administration has already delivered.


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Flipping the board in Brentwood: Kevin Coyne and his members transformed their local into a political powerhouse

In May 2023, local union president and sixth-grade support specialist Kevin Coyne and the 1,500 members of the Brentwood Teachers Association on Long Island proved just what teachers and school staff can do when they see their students getting shortchanged: They achieved a school board composed entirely of pro-public school, pro-teacher allies.


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VP Kamala Harris, AFT activist Cassandra Davis headline webinar

A Feb. 23 Democratic National Committee webinar honoring Black History Month (and featuring Vice President Kamala Harris) highlighted the many concrete ways the Biden-Harris administration has been delivering on the promise of America for Black Americans. During the event, Detroit Federation of Teachers member and trustee Cassandra Davis spoke about the real-life difference for her: After decades, Davis is now free from nearly $100,000 in student debt. Photo credit: andresr/ E+/Getty.


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White House celebrates progress on racial equity

The White House marked the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s second executive order for Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government at an event Feb. 14, with a gathering of Cabinet members and deputies who enumerated the successes of the last two years and pledged to continue their work making government resources more accessible, more equitably, to the people who need them most. The order sweeps broadly over every level of government, improving access to education, entrepreneurship, veterans’ benefits, high-quality healthcare and more.


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UTLA member Letecia Miller invited AFT President Randi Weingarten to come out on Feb. 9, 2024, for a tour of the Garden High School CTE facilities where students are engaged in experiential learning.

Historic investments in public education. A fivefold increase for community schools. The resources our students need to heal and thrive post-pandemic. Advocating for better pay and more respect for educators and school staff. Addressing the teacher shortage. Expanding school meals and preventing gun violence. Making school buildings safer and healthier.

Nurses, doctors and healthcare pros from HPAE AFT  Local 5089 & University Health leaders give AFT President Randi Weingarten and AFT Director of Health Issues Kelly Nedrow a tour of the hospital in Newark, NJ.

Battling the pandemic. Curbing student debt for healthcare professionals. Protecting and expanding access to healthcare. Keeping our hospitals and communities safer from gun violence.

New Haven union members bringing free books and activities to area children and families.

Investing in PSRP jobs. Respecting the work we do. Fighting for safer, healthier school buildings. Making our jobs safer. Connecting schools and communities.

Rutgers University AAUP-AFT faculty demonstrating. Signs read "You can't ignore all of us" and "Camden deserves better"

Making higher education more affordable and accessible. Easing the crushing burden of student debt. Protecting academic freedom and campus free speech. Working toward high-quality jobs and careers for educators and staff.

AFT members and public employees pose with signs that says "Montana Kids Not For Sale" and "Respect Teachers"

Advocating for better pay and student loan relief. Protecting workplace safety. Defending our labor rights. Advancing unions for a stronger middle class.

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Protecting our pensions, savings, and financial security. Lowering prescription drug costs. Supporting caregivers. Expanding home-based and community services. Improving the quality of nursing homes.


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Let's continue to build on the progress toward real solutions our communities we've made with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Working together, we're building a better, brighter, more inclusive future for everyone. Time and again, he's been a reliable partner for all of our members, and he's repeatedly stood tall with labor. Can we count on you to stand with President Biden so we can keep pushing forward?

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