September 17, 2009
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On the Return of UNITE HERE to the AFL-CIO
PITTSBURGH—We welcome the return of UNITE HERE to the AFL-CIO. This is an important step toward labor unity, which will enable America’s labor movement to work with a unified voice and purpose on behalf of every working American. We hope this can serve as a bridge to achieve our crucial goal of a strong, growing and unified labor movement.
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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.