American Federation of Teachers

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American Federation of Teachers
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President:Randi Weingarten
Affiliated with:AFL-CIO
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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]


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]


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 Open Secrets, 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]


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
Barack Obama Democratic Party N/A President $19,563 $0 $19,563
Tammy Duckworth Democratic Party IL House $15,500 $0 $15,500
Sherrod Brown Democratic Party OH Senate $15,250 $0 $15,250
Bob Casey Democratic Party PA Senate $15,250 $0 $15,250

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