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RANDI WEINGARTEN is president of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for students, their families and communities. The AFT and its members advance these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through members’ work.

Weingarten has launched major efforts to place real education reform high on the nation’s and her union’s agendas. Under her leadership, the AFT launched its Racial Equity Task Force, and has promoted efforts to recruit, support and retain a teaching force that reflects America’s rich diversity. She promotes what she calls "solution-driven unionism"—an approach to collective bargaining and collective action that unites the interests of union members and those they serve in the pursuit of solutions that benefit students, schools and communities.

Weingarten’s column "What Matters Most" appears in the New York Times’ Sunday Review the third Sunday of each month.

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