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Kansas is struggling. We need leaders in Topeka who can create jobs, restore our economy, and make Kansas a good place for working families again. We need leaders who can say no to outside political machines and special interests. Our cities, towns, and counties need the same kind of leaders too. As we know only too well, who Kansans elect has a direct impact on our lives—on our paychecks, our pensions, our rights, and our having the resources and voice to do our jobs right.


Unions ratify historic agreement with Red Cross

Eight national unions announced that they have ratified a first-ever national collective bargaining agreement with the American Red Cross. The unions formed a coalition to address the financial challenges facing Red Cross as well as key workforce issues.


'American Educator' spotlights community schools

In the new issue of American Educator, Martin J. Blank and Lisa Villarreal explain how more than 150 communities across the country have established community schools to reduce chronic absences due to poor health, decrease disciplinary issues and truancy rates, increase family engagement, expand educational opportunity, and ultimately improve teaching and learning.


On Labor Day, we honor all of our members

Our union is our members, and on this Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be prouder of the 1.6 million hardworking nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and public employees who work day in and day out to teach our kids, keep our families healthy and improve our communities, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.


AFT report shows decline in number of black teachers

The Albert Shanker Institute has released a major report on the state of teacher diversity which shows that, nationally, progress toward greater diversity is being made, but it is quite modest compared with the need for more minority teachers.