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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.

Statement from CUB President on Cafeteria Worker Assault

A Message to Members from CUB President Antoinette Ryan-Johnson on the Assault on a Cafeteria Worker at National Academy Foundation Middle/High School

The recent violent assault of a long-serving Cafeteria Manager and loyal member of the City Union of Baltimore, resulting in severe injuries requiring hospitalization, is a distressing event. Attacks on cafeteria staff and other school related personnel have been understudied and underpublicized and leave this population at risk for violence. Our schools are, and should be, an environment of learning, collaboration, and community; not an environment of disrespect and violence where students feel at liberty to assault anyone including a caring and respectful Cafeteria Manager.

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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.

CUB Statement on SCOTUS Decision in Janus v. AFSCME

Statement from City Union of Baltimore President Antoinette Ryan-Johnson on the SCOTUS Decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31

Today, judicial activists on the Supreme Court sided with corporate interest to weaken public sector unions by significantly reducing funding and creating incentives to erode Union membership with their ruling in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. But, as always, we will stand firm against the headwinds of decades long, anti-union sentiment, because our members know: In unity there is strength.

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.