AFT’s Election 2012 bus tour rolls through Ohio and Florida
The AFT kicked off its "Your Vote-Your Right-Their Futures" Election 2012 bus tour Oct. 19 in Ohio. The first leg of the multistate tour, which is aimed at building excitement around re-electing President Obama and other pro-worker candidates, stopped in Cincinnati, Toledo and Cleveland. On Oct. 24-27, the bus tour rolled through the Florida counties of Hillsborough, Volusia, Orange, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. Next up was a visit to Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York state. Throughout the tour, the message delivered by AFT national officers Randi Weingarten, Lorretta Johnson and Francine Lawrence was the same: This election is a clear choice between President Obama, who believes in an America where there is a level playing field and everyone gets a fair shake, and Gov. Romney's vision of a country where the safety net takes a back seat to tax cuts for the wealthy.
See coverage of the Ohio and Florida legs of the bus tour
Check out a video of the tour
Hurricane Sandy highlights vital role
of public employees
Not surprisingly, AFT members along the Eastern Seaboard felt the impact of Hurricane Sandy—both professionally and personally. The storm and its aftermath highlighted the essential services provided by educators, state workers, healthcare professionals and other public employees. Many of these workers stepped up to help with the rescue and relief efforts. In some cases, these employees mounted heroic efforts in the face of very difficult circumstances.
Read more about what our members are doing
Every time a disaster affects our union brothers and sisters across the country, the AFT family rallies together to help in the recovery effort. Please make a tax-deductible donation today. Send your check to:
AFT Disaster Relief Fund
American Federation of Teachers,12th floor
555 New Jersey Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
Medicare, Social Security at stake in this election
With the election right around the corner, AFT retired members are talking about the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare and Social Security and how it could affect retirees and their families. In response to the debate about the federal debt and deficit, Romney-Ryan and other Republican candidates have proposed reducing federal spending by cutting Medicare and Social Security.
Learn more at AFT.org
New effort will build community-driven school reform
To advance a community- and educator-driven agenda for public school reform, AFT president Randi Weingarten and civic leaders announced a series of town hall meetings, teach-ins, workshops and other events in cities nationwide. These new efforts, which will take place in Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Paul, Minn., Tampa, Fla., and elsewhere, will empower everyone who has a stake in public education to work together on school reform.
Read more at AFT.org
Protect your voting rights
The November election is incredibly important, and we want to make sure everyone has the chance to cast a ballot. Please take these three easy steps to make sure you—and your members—are VIPs and are ready to vote in this election.
Verify: Make sure you are correctly registered to vote at your current address.
Identification: Check the voter ID laws in your state—many have changed.
Polling place: Know where your polling place is and how to get there on Election Day.
Visit AFT.org for specific voting laws in your area
Sequestration could bring massive spending cuts
"Sequestration" used to refer to locking away valuable property for safekeeping while a dispute over ownership was resolved. But Congress has commandeered the term and applied it to the federal budget. We're hearing more about sequestration now because of the threatened $1.2 trillion sequester—automatic cuts that will take place over a 10-year period—brought about by the failure of the so-called supercommittee (the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction) to achieve the savings required by last year's debt ceiling law.
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