AFT Endorsement Process

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The AFT endorsement process presented expanded opportunities for members to give input and feedback. It provided for direct candidate engagement with AFT members, and generated the highest level of member participation ever achieved in an AFT presidential endorsement process. Together, the AFT, our affiliates and members are helping to elect a candidate who shares our vision and aspirations for our nation.

Resolution on AFT Endorsement of Joe Biden

After the most extensive, transparent and inclusive presidential endorsement process in AFT history, which included more than 300,000 members engaging, Joe Biden has earned the endorsement of the AFT for the Democratic primary. The AFT’s endorsement is based on three criteria: a candidate who shares our values, who has the support of the members and who can defeat President Trump. Biden has met all three, now having consensus support of the AFT membership by a 2 to 1 margin.

March 2020: AFT Endorsement of Joe Biden

Resolution on AFT Support for 2020 Presidential Candidates

Unprecedented engagement has led to more than 300,000 members having participated in the endorsement process to date, including in the public education forum the AFT co-sponsored with union and community groups; 10 separate candidate town halls involving every constituency; five regional meetings with state and local leaders; and numerous telephone town halls, member surveys and polls; as well as state and local affiliates conducting their own programs of member engagement.

Until the American Federation of Teachers decides to make a national endorsement in the primary process or at the AFT convention, the AFT urges the affiliates, members and leadership, including the three AFT national officers, to be actively involved in supporting and helping Vice President Biden, Sen. Sanders, and/or Sen. Warren.

February 2020: AFT Support for 2020 Presidential Candidates

Q&A about this resolution and support

Resolution on the AFT Endorsement Process

Read the guiding resolution on AFT’s 2020 presidential endorsement process unanimously approved by the AFT executive council.

2020 Presidential Endorsement Process Resolution

AFT’s 2020 Endorsement Process Summary

Learn more about how the AFT’s 2020 presidential endorsement process is different from the process in previous cycles, and how it is designed to ensure the highest level of AFT member participation ever.

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