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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.

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


CFT membership endorsed a “YES” vote on ISSUE 7 at our February meeting. ISSUE 7 will be on the March 17thballot of all Hamilton County voters. ISSUE 7 is a countywide effort to replace Cincinnati’s earning tax with a 0.8% sales tax in Hamilton County to reinvest in our transportation system. The funding raised from the sales tax will result in 25% going to infrastructure needs like roads and bridges, and 75% will go to operating the METRO bus system. Many CPS students use METRO, and if this levy fails, it will result in cuts to routes. For more information go to:

Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.


Bad Winter Weather?  Your Rights and Options Q&A

The new year has set records for cold, disrupting schedules for our schools, families and the students we serve. CFT/CFOP members have asked questions about their rights and obligations when weather interferes with the school schedule. Here are some answers:

What Rules Apply When Schools Are Closed?

Cold Weather Closing Only

The Superintendent makes the decision to close schools due to cold or snow. A closure due to cold weather applies to all schools. All teaching and clerical staff must report when there is a cold weather closing of schools.


Labor, business and community leaders are working hard to convince General Motors to reverse its decision to close its plant in Lordstown, Ohio. The community, including many AFT members and their families, fear what this closure could mean for their town. MORE

What is Project Veritas - read here

Letter from Don Mooney:

Today an operative of the anti-union group Project Veritas attempted to enter the CFT/CFOP office by falsely representing that she was seeking help for her “brother” who she claimed worked at Aiken High School.  She was turned away after refusing to name her “brother”.  This apparent attempt to gain access to CFT’s office and staff is part of a nationwide effort of Project Veritas to infiltrate union organizations and obtain membership data, or embarrassing or compromising information, often recorded surreptitiously on video or audio


CPS recently distributed a memo to all Principals on the subject of student demonstrations and walkouts. You may read this memo here. CFT is supportive of efforts by our students or their parents to speak out on the subject of school safety. However, it is up to the individual teacher/staff member whether to participate. At some schools where students are planning events, some teachers are accompanying the students; others are staying behind to be with students or classes not participating. We encourage all schools participating to collect parental consent forms when students plan to walk off