Everyone in America deserves the freedom to thrive. Join AFT President Randi Weingarten on Union Talk as she interviews workers, policymakers and experts who are confronting the issues working families face and championing solutions from the classroom to the bargaining table to Congress to secure opportunity, justice and a voice in our democracy for all. If you care about great public schools and affordable higher education, healthcare as a right, unions, an economy that works for all and a thriving democracy, Union Talk dives deep into these issues and demonstrates that together we can accomplish for our families and communities what is impossible to do alone.
2022 American Federation of Teachers Convention Highlights
This year's convention saw an amazing roster of speakers -- labor leaders, entertainers, elected officials, activists and even the First Lady of the United States -- who all took the stage to share inspirational messages of hope and power. In this episode you will hear highlights from: US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, Senator Elizabeth Warren, AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler, Amazon union leader Chris Smalls, First Lady Jill Biden, Senator Ed Markey, Gun safety activists David Hogg, RuQuon Brown and Sarah Lerner, Chief Medical Officer of Cook County Health Claudia Fegan, Representative Ayanna Pressley, Ukrainian Labor Union leader Olga Chabaniuk, and Representative Val Demings.
American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s 2022 State of the Union Speech
This year's AFT convention kicked off with a rousing state of the union speech by President Randi Weingarten where she addressed more than 3,000 delegates, launched a landmark What Kids and Communities Need campaign and challenged the union’s 1.7 million members to fight for freedom and democracy, uphold decency and dignity, and “knit the rich tapestry of our country together … by rebuilding the essential foundations for a better life for all.” Listen to the full speech in this special episode of Union Talk.
After the Shootings: How to Help Our Kids and Ourselves
AFT president Randi Weingarten joins Dr. Pamela Cantor (Founder of Turnaround for Children), Abbey Clements (Teachers Unify), and Sarah Lerner (Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher) to talk about the real steps educators and parents can do to help their children navigate and heal from the traumatizing news about school shootings.
Guns and Hate: Buffalo, Uvalde and Other Tragedies
AFT president Randi Weingarten hosts an emotional and informational episode exploring the deadly mix of hate and guns that have led to mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa and more. Parkland survivors Jim Gard, Lori Alhadeff, and historian Eric Ward join Randi to discuss what educators, parents and politicians can do and examine the deep-seated racial issues that act as a threat to our schools, our lives and our democracy.”
Social Media and Our Kids: A Conversation with Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen
Randi hosts a conversation with “Facebook Whistleblower” Francis Haugen, Warren Ng from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Dalia Hashad from Parents Together about the impact social media is having on our children and what we can do to help them. Later, Randi is joined by two high school students – Lola Nordlinger and Devin Lee – who bring their first-person perspective on the pitfalls of growing up on the internet. NOTE: This is a recording from an On 24 webinar.
Omicron, Boosters and Schools
Join us as AFT President Randi Weingarten moderates a discussion with the U.S. Surgeon General, Irwin Redlener, and Dr. Vin Gupta about Omicron, boosters and schools.