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Cincinnati Federation of Teachers Resolution in Support of Justice Reform While Condemning Police Brutality

(Approved June 4, 2020)

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WHEREAS, every life lost to police violence is a tragic loss to our country and our world; and

WHEREAS, police in the United States, through acts of brutality and the use of excessive force, kill far more people than police in other comparable nations and have been historically shielded from accountability;  and

WHEREAS, every person in this country has a right to live, a right to breathe, and a right to be a part of their


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Fight in Your School?  Violent Student? How to Safely Respond.
Over the last year at least one of our members has been seriously injured while attempting to break up a fight at her school.  Another high school teacher was actually suspended for a day after he attempted to prevent a fight and was accused of using excessive force. There have also been multiple incidents of parents threatening to sue teachers or calling “241 KIDS” to allege abuse when a teacher applies force to a disruptive or violent student. 
As our schools continue to experience incidents of student violence, it’s a good time

Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

CPS Must Plan Now for a Safe 2020-21 School Year

Cincinnati’s teachers were left heartbroken when Governor DeWine decided last week that school buildings would stay closed for the rest of this school year.

Since the sudden Mid-March closure order, teachers have worked with their principals and team members to provide distance learning. It’s been challenging for students, their parents, and teachers accustomed to the critical face to face interactions that come only in a classroom.  But teachers had hoped there would be at least some opportunity to reconnect with their students face-to-face


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Our Neighborhood Schools Do More Than Teach

An Op-Ed by CFT President Julie Sellers in AFT Voices -  about these uncertain times we are living in