January 26, 2009
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On Designation of Wilma Liebman to Chair National Labor Relations Board
WASHINGTON – President Obama's elevation of Wilma Liebman to chair the National Labor Relations Board signifies a commitment to return this agency to its proper role of defending and advancing democracy in the workplace. We cannot say it better than Liebman herself, who, in accepting the appointment, said that "democracy in the workplace is still basic to a democratic society, and collective bargaining is still basic to a fair economy." She is well-prepared and highly qualified to lead a reconstituted and revitalized NLRB. We look forward to working with her in the years ahead.
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The AFT represents more than 1.4 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.