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Unions ratify historic agreement with Red Cross

Eight national unions announced that they have ratified a first-ever national collective bargaining agreement with the American Red Cross. The unions formed a coalition to address the financial challenges facing Red Cross as well as key workforce issues.


'American Educator' spotlights community schools

In the new issue of American Educator, Martin J. Blank and Lisa Villarreal explain how more than 150 communities across the country have established community schools to reduce chronic absences due to poor health, decrease disciplinary issues and truancy rates, increase family engagement, expand educational opportunity, and ultimately improve teaching and learning.


AFT report shows decline in number of black teachers

The Albert Shanker Institute has released a major report on the state of teacher diversity which shows that, nationally, progress toward greater diversity is being made, but it is quite modest compared with the need for more minority teachers.


AFT looks at effective teacher development, evaluation

A new AFT report finds that teacher development and evaluation systems that are co-designed by teachers; based on agreed-upon teaching standards; assessed in multiple ways; and supported with ongoing training for teachers and evaluators alike are an effective strategy for teachers, administrators and students.


AFT builds sepsis awareness

September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and as part of a campaign to educate people about the condition, the Rory Staunton Foundation held its second annual National Forum in Washington, D.C. The AFT is part of the awareness effort.


PSUFA stands with SEIU 503, fights for a fair contract

Workers at Portland State University rally to demand a fair contract Sept. 9. Photo by Justin Buchanan

When workers stand together they can collectively raise their voices and fight back. Workers don’t need to be in the same classification or even union to support each other.


Obama, Weingarten in new push for free community college

President Obama announced that his America's College Promise proposal, a guarantee of two years of free community college for any qualified student, is now backed by a new College Promise campaign and an advisory board of 32 education advocates—including AFT President Randi Weingarten.


On Labor Day, we honor all of our members

Our union is our members, and on this Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be prouder of the 1.6 million hardworking nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and public employees who work day in and day out to teach our kids, keep our families healthy and improve our communities, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.