Weingarten unveils a new vision:
President Randi Weingarten kicked off the AFT convention in Detroit on July 27 by advocating "solution-driven unionism," a new vision that advances solutions focused on uniting union members, the people they serve and the communities in which they live. Weingarten said that America's workers face a new normal—with severe budget cuts jeopardizing public education, healthcare and other critical services; families losing more than 30 percent of their wealth during the economic crisis; and more than 100 bills introduced in state legislatures to demonize public employees and undermine public services. "More than ever, we need to act in innovative, creative and new ways," she said, "simultaneously refuting our critics, advancing our values, connecting with community and proposing solutions. That's solution-driven unionism."
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Retired leaders focus on 2012 elections
Most seniors are aware that retirement security programs are under assault. Nevertheless, if the presidential election were held today, many seniors would vote against their own interests, AFT president Randi Weingarten told attendees at the AFT Retirees Leaders Conference held in Detroit, July 26-27. Weingarten challenged the AFT retirees to find ways to create more awareness around the attacks on retirement security by educating members and friends in their circle. Seniors can play a crucial role in the 2012 elections, Weingarten said. "We have to ensure that those who are voted into office believe that it is a core value to create and sustain a safety net for those who helped to build this great country."
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AFT delegates hear call to 'keep up the good fight'
The AFT's 2012 convention in Detroit, which included the passage of important policy resolutions, lively speeches, presentations on some of the union's projects and partnerships, the re-election of the top three leaders, and much more, wrapped up on July 30. President Randi Weingarten, secretary-treasurer Lorretta Johnson and executive vice president Francine Lawrence were elected to continue to lead the national union over the next two years. The nearly 3,000 delegates also approved a new mission statement for the union and passed a series of resolutions to increase educational and economic opportunity.
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"Won't Back Down": A misleading movie
with blatant stereotypes
The movie "Won't Back Down," which will open in theaters Sept. 28, already is drawing a lot of attention, particularly from educators, parent activists and other public school advocates who believe its portrayal of parent engagement and what happens inside schools is grossly misleading. The film depicts two mothers’ efforts to reform a failing urban school by spearheading a parent takeover of the school. Sadly, the story is short on facts and long on Hollywood mythmaking.
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Many states have passed laws restricting or changing requirements for voting. The AFL-CIO has put together resources to help you find out more about voting rights in your state. You also can learn more about the myths and facts regarding voter ID laws as well as check your voter registration status.