American Federation of Teachers

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AFT 100th Anniversary Videos - Part 2

5. The Fight for Fairness

  • In the face of the red scare and politically-motivated attacks, ensuring fair treatment for its members has been central to AFT's mission.

6. Empowerment: A Voice for Paras and School Staff

  • An inspirational story about how in the wake of a racially divisive strike in New York City, unionization with the UFT gives low-income minority teacher aides (or paraprofessionals) voice and respect. Often under-appreciated school staff also gain respect through unionization.

7. A Union of Professionals

  • With higher education members, paras and school staff, healthcare workers and public employees as members AFT has become a union of professionals - working for dignity and respect.

8. Solution-Driven Unionism

  • With the advent of teacher collective bargaining, AFT takes on the mantle of reforming education and improving work conditions by tapping into the collective wisdom of members at the ground-level.

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