President Frank Flynn
The opening session of the 87th national convention of the American Federation of Teachers features AFT leaders from across the country, guest speakers such as Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and AFL-CIO Massachusetts President Steven Tolman, and the State of the Union address by AFT President Randi Weingarten.
Dr. Jessica Saint-Paul is an adjunct faculty member in the Los Angeles Community College District. She had been trying to work toward PSLF since 2008 and believed she was on track until she learned at an AFT student debt clinic that none of the payments she had made to Navient, her student loan servicer, would qualify. She agreed to become a plaintiff in AFT’s Navient lawsuit to fight for justice for borrowers who were lied to by Navient.
AFT convention delegates hear from Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Senator Elizabeth Warren, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Amazon Labor Union President Chris Smalls, Workers United Senior Advisor Richard Bensinger with Starbucks organizers and First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden on the importance of the labor movement.
The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, a minister and civil rights leader, shared his grandfather’s astounding determination to vote, which he has captured in a compelling—and free—short film, Otis’ Dream. He moved AFT delegates to tears on Saturday, July 16, then had them cheering as he rallied everyone to the cause of fighting today’s rampant voter suppression.
by Randi Weingarten
President, American Federation of Teachers
PTU prepares 10,000 books for book drive for Providence students.
— with Colleen Callahan and Maribeth Reynolds-Calabro at Providence Teachers Union Community Outreach.