AFT Endorses President Obama for Re-election
Declaring that President Obama is the only candidate who will fight to preserve and expand the middle class, close the inequality gap and ensure everyone has a "fair shot" at success, the 1.5 million strong American Federation of Teachers announced today its endorsement of President Obama and Vice President Biden for re-election.
"The candidates running for the Republican nomination are promoting a view of America that differs greatly from that held by those of us concerned about economic and educational opportunity for all, and about making sure everyone has a fair chance to achieve the American dream." —AFT President Randi Weingarten (Read More)
NEA delegates vote to support President Barack Obama in re-election bid
The National Education Association’s highest governing body has voted to approve the recommendation of President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.
“President Barack Obama shares our vision for a stronger America,” said Dennis Van Roekel, president of NEA. “He has never wavered from talking about the importance of education or his dedication to a vibrant middle class."
During NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly (RA) delegates voted on a recommendation from NEA’s Political Action Committee to support President Obama. The recommendation and vote are early for the 3.2 million-member NEA. The Association’s presidential recommendation process typically takes place the summer before the general election. NEA initiated this timetable in order to provide early and strong support to help ensure the election of a candidate who is on the side of students and working families. (Read More)
AFL-CIO Unions Vote to Endorse Obama for Second Term
Citing President Obama's commitment to working families, the AFL-CIO General Board voted March 13 to endorse the president for a second term.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says Obama has placed his faith in America's working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery, while Republican presidential candidates have pledged their loyalty to Wall Street and the 1 percent.
Trumka notes that the union movement agrees with the Republican hopefuls who say this election is about "values," but there is quite a contrast between Obama's values and those of his challengers. "President Obama honors the values of hard work, of mutual respect and of solving problems together—not every person for himself or herself. He believes that together we will get through the most challenging economic crisis in memory and restore opportunity for all." (Read More)