American Federation of Teachers

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American Federation of Teachers
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President:Randi Weingarten
Party:Democratic
Affiliated with:AFL-CIO
Website:http://www.aft.org/
Portal:Congress
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The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. The AFT represents a wide range of members including "pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals."[1]

Mission statement

"The mission of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, is to improve the lives of our members and their families; to give voice to their legitimate professional, economic and social aspirations; to strengthen the institutions in which we work; to improve the quality of the services we provide; to bring together all members to assist and support one another; and to promote democracy, human rights and freedom in our union, in our nation and throughout the world."[1]

History

The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and currently represents 1.5 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide.[2]

Leadership

The AFT is governed by their 43 member executive council and by delegates to the union’s biennial convention. Council members are elected and are in charge of setting organizational policies.[1]

AFT Officers:[3]

  • President: Randi Weingarten
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Lorretta Johnson
  • Executive Vice President: Francine Lawrence

2012 elections

According to OpenSecrets.org, the American Federation of Teachers spent $8,578,462 in the 2012 election cycle.[4]

Endorsed candidates

In the 2012 election cycle, the American Federation of Teachers supported the following candidates:[4]

Expenditures

Top 5 largest American Federation of Teachers expenditures in 2012[5]
Candidate Party State Office For Against Total Desired Result
Ron Barber Democratic Party AZ House $20,000 $0 $20,000
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Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $19,563 $0 $19,563
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Tammy Duckworth Democratic Party IL House $15,500 $0 $15,500
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Sherrod Brown Democratic Party OH Senate $15,250 $0 $15,250
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Bob Casey Democratic Party PA Senate $15,250 $0 $15,250
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Ballot measures

Issues

Call for Arne Duncan's improvement

The American Federation of Teachers passed a resolution on July 13, 2014, calling for Education Department Secretary Arne Duncan's resignation if he didn't show improvement under a plan proposed by President Barack Obama. The resolution urged the department to move away from No Child Left Behind Act and Race to the Top's "test-and-punish" tactics to move toward a system of supporting the improvement of teachers and students. AFT President Randi Weingarten claimed the vote represented the union saying, "'Enough is enough.' Teachers are evaluated and their future livelihoods are linked to that. And when they fall short, they should have a chance to improve. And that’s what this special order represents." A department spokesperson said of the vote, "the transformation that educators and policymakers are leading to prepare all students for college and careers is incredibly difficult, and too often the adults fight about how to best help the kids."[6]

The vote came just after a July 4, 2014 motion passed by the National Education Association seeking Duncan's resignation.[7]

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