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Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Is a Necessity for All Children

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Every day you hear stories about families sitting around the kitchen table trying to figure out how to pay for their children’s college tuition. But the reality is that many families with young children also struggle to figure out how to pay for early education and child care. In fact, today, early childhood education and child care are two of the most pressing issues facing working families. These issues are very important to the AFT  and to the entire labor movement. High-quality early childhood care and education should be available for all children, not just the wealthy few.

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Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Worker Attack in Friedrichs Ruling

Supreme Court Rejects Anti-Worker Attack in Friedrichs Ruling

The Supreme Court today rejected an attempt by wealthy special interests to restrict the voices of America’s teachers, firefighters, police officers, nurses and others who provide vital services for our communities. The court issued a 4-4 decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, upholding a lower court ruling in favor of working people and their right to join together to build a better future for their families.

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A Big Win for Adjunct Faculty at Temple University

A Big Win for Adjunct Faculty at Temple University

Adjunct faculty at Temple University had something big to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. It wasn’t the 20-pound turkey, and Adele didn’t stop by Thanksgiving dinner to say “Hello.” "We are thankful for a union," wrote the members of the organizing committee at Temple University.

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Working Families Speak Out on Friedrichs Case

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joins a growing chorus of working family representatives who have spoken out about the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which will go before the Supreme Court in January. Greedy CEOs and wealthy special interests want to manipulate the rules in their favor and make it harder for teachers, firefighters, nurses and other public servants to join together and fight for working families. A bad decision from the court could limit working people's ability to negotiate better wages, benefits and working conditions.

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Why We Need Ethnic Studies

Why We Need Ethnic Studies

Our children are growing up in a global world. If we are truly going to prepare them to succeed in the 21st century, we must give them the tools to understand and value that global world. Learning about the cultures and histories that define all of us is an important component of our ultimate goal to reclaim the promise of public education for all.

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Should Your Social Security Be Garnished to Repay Student Loan Debt? 375,000 Americans Say 'No'

Should Your Social Security Be Garnished to Repay Student Loan Debt? 375,000 Americans Say 'No'

Last week, Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.)  joined with leaders  from Student Debt Crisis, Social Security Works, Project Springboard, CREDO, the Campaign for America’s Future, the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, the AFT and others to deliver 375,000 petition signatures to the U.S. Department of Education urging an end to the garnishment of Social Security benefits in order to repay student debt. The three members of Congress also delivered a congressional letter with a similar message.

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10 Challenges and 8 Solutions to Improving Black Male Educational Attainment (from Teachers)

10 Challenges and 8 Solutions to Improving Black Male Educational Attainment (from Teachers)

A new report from the AFT,  Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity , takes a look at the impediments that African American students, particularly males, face in trying to achieve the American Dream and support their families. The bulk of the work done by the task force focused on developing ways to address those challenges. The report was produced by AFT's Racial Equity Task Force.

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Weingarten: Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

Weingarten: Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

In her latest  post at Medium , American Federation of Teachers ( AFT ) President Randi Weingarten discusses the process that teachers go through and the challenges they face in getting ready for the first day of school.

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Common Sense Economics: A Call to Action for Young Workers This Election Season

Jennifer Higgins of AFT Local 1904 and Carli Meneses, president of IAM Local 2339N, lead a Common Sense Economics session for young workers at IBEW 94 in Hightstown, N.J.

Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 94 in Mercer County, N.J., became a classroom recently for young workers taking part in Common Sense Economics, led by Jennifer Higgins of AFT Local 1904 and Carli Meneses, president of Machinists (IAM) Local 2339N.

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Chris Christie Is Violently Wrong: Winners and Losers of the Week

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In our regular weekly feature, we’ll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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