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Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

To kick off the inauguration week on January 7th, Governor Kelly's campaign is partnering with local charities across the state and is encouraging Kansans to become involved with these charities and participate in the #KSDayofService. The Day of Service kicks off the inauguration festivities for the week and illustrates unity and the difference we all can make in our communities that makes our state great. These small acts of kindness help to foster a sense of service across Kansas while showcasing the strength of our state at large.

You can find a full list of volunteer opportunities at our


Congratulations to the faculty and academic staff at KU who today have officially announced the organizing campaign to create the United Academics of the University of Kansas (UAKU)!

UAKU would represent over 1,500 full-time and part-time tenured and nontenure-track faculty; teaching, research, clinical and online professors; lecturers; curators; librarians; scientists who conduct grant-funded research; and other categories of faculty and academic staff. The union would be affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the American Association of University Professors.

To read more


We are pleased to announce our candidate endorsements for the 2022 General Election in Kansas on Tuesday, 8 November.

We will continue to update this page as we complete our evaluations of candidates in the upcoming election.

The last day to register to vote in Kansas is 18 October.

You can register online here and you can check to see if you are registered by looking here.

Statewide Offices

Laura KellyGovernorD
David TolandLieutenant GovernorD
Chris MannAttorney GeneralD
Jeanna RepassSecretary of StateD
Lynn RogersTreasurerD

District Races

As a result of redistricting following the 2020


This summer, delegates to the American Association of University Professors Biennial Association Meeting voted to affiliate with the AFT. On July 15th at the AFT Convention, AFT President Randi Weingarten and AAUP President Irene Mulvey signed the historic affiliation agreement, which went into effect on August 1, 2022. If you weren't able to make the Convention to see it in person, you can watch the recording of the livestream here:

In a joint statement this week, Presidents Mulvey and Weingarten outlined why this is such a big deal:

Now, together, we represent more higher education workers


What:Gubernatorial Debate between Laura Kelly (D), Derek Schmidt (R), and Dennis Pyle (I)
When:Saturday, September 10, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Where:Peoples Bank and Trust Arena, Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, KS

Buy your ticket to the Kansas State Fair at your local Dillon’s or at

For more information, you can check out the event page for the Debate here.

Want to make sure you're registered to vote in the General Election this November? Check your voter registration status at VoterView from the Kansas Secretary of State.


On Wednesday, 3 November, a corrections officer was assaulted by an inmate at Lansing Correctional Facility. Yesterday, KOSE was contacted by multiple media outlets for a statement. We want to provide that statement here in full as well as links to those stories. We wish Ms. Bindel a full and speedy recovery.

As our statement outlines, this horrible event is a direct result of the inability for KDOC, the state administration, and the Kansas legislature to adequately safeguard state employees and staff these facilities. We know that these issues are longstanding and severe, and that many state

Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.