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Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

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.”

The AFT calls for freedom to teach

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.

UW-Green Bay United members to hold state legislative candidate GOTV event

UWGB-United (AFT #6511) members and supports will convene on October 20 at 6:30pm to text/call friends and family members in the Green Bay Area to make sure they vote for AFT-Wisconsin endorsed candidates Jonathon Hansen, Kristin Lyerly, and Kristina Shelton. All three candidates have also been invited to drop by to say hello to UWGB faculty and staff, too! You do not need to be a member of the union to join in the fun.

‘Back to school’ like never before

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.

AFT-Wisconsin and WEAC Issue Joint "Safe Return to Work" Platform for WTCS

AFT-Wisconsin has sent a "Safe Return to Campus" platform to the WTCS Board, identifying best practices for campuses planning to reopen. Created over the course of a month by AFT-Wisconsin and Wisconsin Education Association Council member leaders, this joint document focuses on how we can deliver effective and equitable educational services, keep students and staff healthy, and create safe environments for all staff and students.