Large-name Democrats will be a part of hundreds of educators in Pittsburgh this weekend when the American Federation of Academics (AFT) holds its biennial conference.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are among the many scheduled audio system for the occasion, which is able to start Friday, the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette reported.
Members of the Nationwide Training Affiliation, which supported Clinton’s failed presidential bid in 2016, can be current as properly.
The conference comes two weeks after the Supreme Court docket reversed a decades-old coverage of public labor unions compelling public-sector employees to pay dues.
Below the 5-Four ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers (AFSCME), public-sector staff could now decide out of getting union dues funds deducted from their paychecks, the Washington Examiner reported.
The ruling was extensively bemoaned by advocates of organized labor, together with AFT President Randi Weingarten.
“We’re at this solemn and scary inflection level in our nation the place there are actually troubling tendencies and superb activism on the similar time,” Weingarten stated Tuesday, in accordance with the Examiner.
She famous that membership within the AFT has skyrocketed due to a method applied earlier than the Supreme Court docket ruling.
The AFT, which represents 1.7 million lecturers, has three,000 associates all through the nation, making it the nation’s largest trainer union.
The AFT has made information this yr for selling scholar and trainer protests following February’s college taking pictures in Parkland, Fla.; chopping ties with Wells Fargo after the financial institution refused to finish its relationships with the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation and gun makers; backing trainer strikes in West Virginia and different states, and opposing visas for hiring overseas lecturers.
The conference will happen in downtown Pittsburgh on the David L. Lawrence Conference Heart.
Earlier this yr, hundreds of lecturers in West Virginia, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma and Kentucky walked off their jobs, demanding pay raises and extra funding for his or her school rooms.