Political Action

Every day, educators and other public employees, and the services they provide our communities, are being attacked. From challenging collective bargaining rights, to undermining the quality of public education and higher education, to decimating pensions and trying to put healthcare coverage further out of reach, working men and women across the country are under assault. And if this has taught us one thing, it’s that Elections Matter.

Every day, educators and other public employees, and the services they provide our communities, are being attacked. From challenging collective bargaining rights, to undermining the quality of public education and higher education, to decimating pensions and trying to put healthcare coverage further out of reach, working men and women across the country are under assault. And if this has taught us one thing, it’s that Elections Matter.Election MattersThe charge against our rights is being led by people who were elected to represent us. Elected officials have a direct effect on your job, your rights, and your family’s and community’s well-being. But recently, we have seen in too many places that once these anti-worker crusaders get into office, their power to strip away our rights is alarming.In Wisconsin, immediately upon taking office, Gov. Scott Walker began an unprecedented assault on public employees and workers’ rights. He cut funding for key public services, stripped workers of collective bargaining rights, and has proven to be one of the most anti-union, anti-working-family crusaders holding elected office anywhere in the nation.In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott has been unrelenting in attacking public services and silencing the union voice of educators and working people. Scott supported a budget that weakens quality education, and has worked for legislation that severely limits workers’ rights and the power of unions to represent their members who would stand up to him.In Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Corbett, immediately upon his inauguration, demonstrated that his top priorities were to promote private school vouchers and break the unions. He signed a budget that will effectively increase class sizes and will weaken the overall quality of public education. He also stated that he would sign a “right-to-work” bill as soon as it came to his desk.These attacks are sustained, coordinated nationwide, and dedicated to weaken not just our rights but our ability to stop the very people who are doing this to public services.That’s why it is critical that AFT members get involved in elections—to ensure we elect people who will stand up for our rights, not strip them away. Go to the AFT’s new Elections Matter website to see where these attacks are occurring and find out what you can do to help stop them. We will continue every day to push back against these assaults, but ultimately, the surest recourse is the ballot box.

AFT Members Will Stand Together for ‘We Are One’ Week of Action
Workers’ fundamental rights are under attack in a growing number of states. But as we have seen in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and elsewhere, those attacks have inspired and motivated tens of thousands of union members to stand together for their rights. The challenge now, as AFT president Randi Weingarten put it in a recent e-mail to more than 1.5 million AFT members and allies, is to take this moment and turn it into a movement. One step in that direction is a “We Are One” Week of Action, starting April 4, that will bring together members from the AFT and other unions, along with our allies, to participate in events around the country. First, take the pledge to help make a difference. Once you take the pledge, you’ll see lots of ideas for how to join in the week of action.

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