Dennis Sousa, President, Professional Staff Association at Rhode Island CollegeMore
Millions of borrowers with crushing student loan debt could benefit from an executive order President Barack Obama signed at the White House, with several AFT members in attendance.
Twelve-year teaching veteran Robert Geremia, a social studies teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, D.C., who has attained the status of "highly effective teacher," told U.S. senators about how his financial life has been put on hold as a result of the loans he had to take to attend graduate school and better serve his students.
The AFT has announced its 2014 AFT Everyday Heroes after a nationwide nomination and voting process. Nine extraordinary union members will be honored at the AFT's national convention in Los Angeles this July.
As if student debt levels soaring to more than $1.2 trillion isn't shocking enough, a new report released by the AFT shows that a large portion of the billions Americans spend on higher education each year ends up in the pockets of Wall Street and other financial profiteers.
In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, which is May 4-10 this year, President Obama issued a message honoring public employees.
In her latest column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten discusses "the real retirement crisis": the fact that most Americans lack the essential elements of a secure retirement.