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Strikes and shutdowns

In Los Angeles, UTLA members took to the picket lines because their schools are starved of resources. In Washington, D.C., President Trump has shut down the government to secure his border wall. In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that when our elected leaders fail, whether by not funding public schools or by shutting down services that provide for our safety, they strike at the very heart of what makes us a democratic republic. Read the full column.

Struggling in a ‘strong’ economy

In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten highlights the massive gap between President Trump’s rhetoric and reality.  While the well-to-do are doing very well in the current economy, working Americans have been left behind. Weingarten demands leaders take action to benefit all Americans by ensuring accessible, affordable healthcare for all; reining in college debt; and adequately funding public education. Read the full column.

PSI embraces educational support staff

Members of AFT's PSRP division and AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson joined Public Services International, the global public service workers union, to help kick off its new endeavor, the Educational Support and Cultural Workers Network, at its founding meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


VT Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals member Mari Cordes interviewed on VPR about Vermonters in Haiti

 Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals Member Mari Cordes Interviewed on VPR about Vermonters in Haiti

 Click Here to listen to the VPR interview with Mair Cordes.  Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals  Local 5221 continues to organize Haiti relief  medical teams for 2-weeks periods. If you are interested in more information email

To Donate please make checks out to UVM and write in memo line Batey-Libertad Medical. Mail donations to VFNHP 308 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401