Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”
AFT President Randi Weingarten today delivered a major address on the crisis hollowing out the teaching profession—massive disinvestment in public education and deprofessionalization. In her speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., she called for reinvestment and freedom to teach. It was followed by two panels featuring education leaders who laid out pragmatic solutions.
AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.
In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.
August 25, 2020: In a recent Zoom Conference with Congressman Mark Pocan arranged by the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans (WiARA), we learned that the House of Representatives have prepared a bill to strengthen and protect Social Security.
The effort was led by Representative John Larson. The bill would increase the cap for payroll taxes to $400,000, set a minimum benefit level and more. The bill hasn't been introduced yet and is awaiting Speaker Pelosi's determination of the right time for introduction.
For more details, go to https://larson.house.gov/social-security-2100
Help make Wisconsin safe during the Corona virus threat. Support LTEs who don't have paid sick leave or health insurance. See the letter from AFT-W President Kim Kohlhaas to Governor Evers advocating for LTES.
Wisconsin Grassroots Festival – March 21, 2020 in Mazomanie
This event is to inform, engage, and inspire with thought-provoking speakers and breakout sessions. Come meet activists and organizations from around the state, and enjoy music, food and fun. Some events will also be available for live streaming and live broadcasting. For more information, including how to register, go to: https://allevents.in/mazomanie/12th-annual-wisconsin-grassroots-festival/1000092495593811
Wisconsin Labor History Society Conference – March 28, 2020 in Milwaukee
This conference will look at Wisconsin’s past and how to regain our State’s progressive traditions. Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, go to http://www.wisconsinlaborhistory.org/ Registration may be made online at www.wlhs2020.eventbrite.com.
Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants 2020 Conference – May 15, 2020 in Madison
The WICOA conference is scheduled for Friday, May 15 at the American Family Campus. In addition to the presentations on the Wisconsin Retirement System, Jay Heck of Common Cause in Wisconsin will be speaking on What’s Ahead for ending Partisan Gerrymandering in Wisconsin. For a copy of the agenda and a link to registration, go to https://www.wicoa.org/2020conference.php.