American Federation of Teachers, the second largest teachers’ union in the nation, officially endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for the 2024 presidential election.
“President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are the most pro-labor, pro-public education leaders our country has seen in modern history,” said Randi Weingarten, president of AFT, in its press release on Friday.
But AFT never mentioned teachers in its 600-word statement – except to say that 1.7 million public school teachers are members.
Instead, it babbled about anything except education: inflation reduction, reproductive rights, racial justice, LGTBQIA+ freedoms, climate and environmental justice, and diversity amongst federal judges.
“Ninety-two percent of Democratic AFT members backed an early endorsement of Biden and Harris in internal polling,” the statement added, evidently displaying the union’s disregard for its members with other political leanings.
However, none of this is surprising as national, state, and local teachers’ unions are notoriously progressive in their activism and swiftly expanding into political lobbying well beyond the scope of education.
Over the past 30 years, AFT has never failed to contribute the vast majority of its gifts to Democratic politicians.
In the 2022 midterms, AFT and the National Education Association (NEA) donated $1.3 million to Democrats and a measly $2,500 to Republicans.
That trend remained consistent at the state level.
One news report even found that in 2020-2021, the NEA spent twice as much money on political lobbying as it did on actually representing its own members.
It’s no wonder Democrats view teachers’ unions much more favorably than Republicans.
Ensuring that pro-union politicians get elected – and then continuing to hold influence over those politicians – is the bread and butter of the unions’ political dynasty.
However, thousands of teachers have already grown weary of expensive and partisan unions.
State and local unions are losing their members by the thousands too.
Some states, such as Florida, are even implementing measures to prevent unions from siphoning away teachers’ paychecks.
And since unions can’t survive without members – or at least members’ dues – their dynasty may finally be coming to an end.