Time On Your Hands? Get To Know the History of Your Union

Over the weekend, AFT President Randi Weingarten was on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” to talk about how AFT members and leaders are working with their local and state officials to ensure that our educators, students, and communities are safe as the coronavirus spreads across the country. She highlights the efforts we are making in New Mexico.

While we practice social distancing and chomp at the bit to get back to work educating our students, our national union is busy pushing the federal government to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a timely and responsible manner. This is no anomaly. American Federation of Teachers has been on the frontline of social justice movements since the organization’s inception. AFT has worked to promote workers’ rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, students’ rights, and much more. Follow the links on this story to watch the official AFT History Video highlighting our struggle to promote democracy in the workplace and a world-class public education system in the United States as well as worldwide.

AFT History Ch. 1 Introduction

AFT History Ch. 2 Margaret Haley and Chicago Teachers
AFT History Ch. 3 Teachers Demand Compensation

AFT History Ch. 4 Teachers Organize in Butte, Montana

AFT History Ch. 5 AFT Fights for Equality

AFT History Ch.6 Democracy in the 30s
AFT History Ch. 7 World War II Affects the AFT

AFT History Ch. 8 Teachers Strike & Taft-Hartley Act

AFT History Ch. 9 Brown vs. Board of Education

AFT History Ch. 10 Freedom Schools
AFT History Ch. 11 AFT Redoubles Organizing Effort

AFT History Ch. 12 UFT Becomes a Force in NYC

AFT History Ch. 13 Teacher Power

AFT History Ch. 14 AFT Becomes a Force in Higher Education

AFT History Ch. 15 AFT Fights for Civil Rights

AFT History Ch. 16 AFT Represents Paraprofessionals

AFT History Ch. 17 Ocean Hill Conflict

AFT History Ch. 18 Vietnam Divides AFT

AFT History Ch. 19 AFT Becomes a Political Force

AFT History Ch. 20 Healthcare & Public Employees Division

AFT History Ch. 21 NYSUT Merges AFT and NEA

AFT History Ch. 22 70s Crisis

AFT History Ch. 23 Reagen Anti-Union Policies
AFT History Ch. 24 QuEST Conference Begins

AFT History Ch. 25 AFT Responds to “A Nation At Risk”

AFT History Ch. 26 AFT Leads in Educational Issues

AFT History Ch. 27 Promoting Democracy Worldwide

AFT History Ch. 28 AFT Fights Anti-Education Forces

AFT History Ch. 29 Failing Schools and Kindergarten Plus

AFT History Ch. 30 AFT Confronts International Issues

AFT History Ch. 31 Looking To the Future