In news that surprises no one, one of the powerful teachers’ unions officially endorsed President Joe Biden for a second term as president.
The president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, made the announcement last week. In the endorsement announcement, Weingarten said the following:
“President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are the most pro-labor, pro-public education leaders our country has seen in modern history. Joe and Kamala understand in their souls the challenges families face, and how important it is to their dignity to earn a decent living and have a shot at owning a home, or securing a retirement, or affording college. They know union membership can be transformative.”
“This weekend, the entire labor movement is joining together in an unprecedented show of strength and support to harness the collective power of working people determined to move this country in the direction of freedom, justice and opportunity for all.”
Weingarten made reference to a union event that took place on June 17, where unions like AFT and AFL-CIO rallied with Biden in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
With AFT’s endorsement, now Biden has the backing of the the two most powerful teachers’ unions. The National Education Association (NEA) officially endorsed Biden for re-election in 2024 this past April.
AFT’s announcement was not a surprise because of the union’s public statements pushing Biden’s policies, such as closing schools during the coronavirus pandemic and forgiving student loan debt. This should remind parents and teachers that the union has its own political agenda in mind, not the best interests of moderate, conservative, or libertarian parents or teachers.