We Call for a Fair Endorsement Process in the American Federation of Teachers for the 2020 Presidential Election!
We, the undersigned, are members of the American Federation of Teachers who call on our national union to wait to endorse a presidential candidate until after AFT members have had a chance to learn about the candidates through the first six DNC debates (held June 2019 through December 2019), and at that point, to decide which candidate to endorse through a national, binding, one-member/ one-vote poll of our members.
We are educators from all over the country-- paraprofessionals, teachers, graduate students, psychologists, nurses, librarians, professors, counselors, coaches, and more-- who are members of the American Federation of Teachers and who are committed to building strong, democratic local unions and a strong, democratic American Federation of Teachers national union.
The leadership of the American Federation of Teachers has acknowledged that in 2016, our union’s endorsement process was rushed and excluded the voices of most members, and resulted in a premature decision and membership discontent.
Therefore, we call on our national union to use the process described above.
If you are an AFT member, please sign this petition! If you don't want to list your full name publicly, you can put just a first name or initials. If you would like to try to pass this as a resolution in your local, please let us know!
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Would you like to try to pass a resolution about this in your AFT local or at your state AFT convention?
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Maybe! I would be open to talking to someone who has done it before.
No-- there's no way it could pass in my local.
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