AFT President Randi Weingarten Slams Rahm Emanuel Over Chicago Teacher’s Strike

By: Friday September 14, 2012 9:00 am

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, smacked Rahm Emanuel around last night on Bloomberg TV for his perceived mishandling of the Chicago teacher’s strike.

Tell the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago Board of Directors: Time to give Rahm Emanual the boot. Remove him as Honorary Chair.


Six Flee GLAAD Board

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 6:37 pm

Six members of the the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Board of Directors have resigned, furthering the leadership crisis at that organization which began with letters from the now-fired ‘president,’ Jarrett Barrios, to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on behalf of corporate patron AT&T’s interests before that body. AT&T handmaiden and GLAAD board member Troup Coronado was not among those who resigned.

Our Vision for Improving Public Education

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 10:00 am

At the AFT convention last week in Seattle, I outlined a vision to save public education. Our vision is:

  • That every neighborhood school should be an excellent school that all families know they can count on, every year, for all of their children.
  • To build on what works, and replicate it for all kids, in all schools, in all communities.
  • Of schools where good teachers can work together to meet each child’s individual needs, where students develop their unique talents through a well-rounded curriculum, where all children have the support they need to reach their full potential.
  • For teachers to get the necessary support to constantly improve, in an environment in which students have what they need to succeed.

That’s in sharp contract to the vision of what I call the blame the teacher” crowd, which has made some inroads among politicians and the mainstream media. Their proposed solutions inevitably come down to affixing blame – usually on teachers – rather than fixing schools.

Why Teachers’ Unions Are Fed Up With Obama

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 4:45 pm

This is a couple days old, but it’s worth paying attention to. The two most powerful teachers’ unions blasted the President and his education policies at their annual conventions. In particular, they decried the veto threat the President offered on the war supplemental if the House passed legislation keeping teachers in their jobs, partially offset by cuts to the Race to the Top fund.

Educators Urging Congress to Pass Education Jobs Bill

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 11:30 am

Despite some signs that the economy is recovering, education funding is being slashed, the threat of massive teacher layoffs is real, and the need for Congressional action is urgent.

Please Welcome Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers

By: Thursday March 4, 2010 8:31 am

Randi Weingarten is the President of the American Federation of Teachers, the union that represents more than 1.4 million educators. We invited her here today to talk about the mass firing of 74 teachers in Rhode Island last month. The profile of the issue was raised dramatically when President Obama voiced his support for the [...]

SEIU, AFL-CIO backing off of LieberCare?

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 1:15 pm

The LieberCare health care bill is an absolutely catastrophe for labor unions. Both the AFL-CIO labor federation and SEIU, one of the country’s largest unions are holding emergency meetings today to decide what to do about the Senate bill

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