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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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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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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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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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