Pushed to the wall after 18 months of bargaining for a first contract, 1,100 faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago went on strike Feb. 18 and 19. It was the first strike in recent memory at a research institution and, as such, generated a lot of media attention both in Chicago and across the nation.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten urges lawmakers to strengthen the rungs on America's ladder of opportunity.
Want to learn how to build a more powerful local union and become a more effective union activist? Take advantage of the special AFT Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) training opportunity in St. Louis on April 5-6. The day-and-a-half-long event includes courses such as Managing with Labor’s Values; Training Worksite Leaders; Union-Management Partnerships; Being the Public Face of Your Union; The Common Core: What, When, Where and How; Engaging Our Members through Activism and Better Communications; and Researching Your Employer’s World and How to Use the Information for Good. For more information contact the AFT’s Union Leadership Institute at 202-879-4497.
The National Day of Action to Reclaim the Promise of Public Education brought together thousands of educators, parents, students and community members who attended more than 100 events around the country, despite challenging weather conditions in many locations.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes about the necessity of making early childhood education a priority in this country.