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2023 AFT Pennsylvania Education Champion Awards

Our tradition every year is to honor the outstanding work of local union leaders, educators, paraprofessionals, and school staff with awards recognizing their excellence. This year, we will host our first ever AFT Pennsylvania Education Champions Awards Celebration.

AFT Pennsylvania delegates seated at opening session of the 2023 AFT Pennsylvania Biennial Convention

View photo highlights from the AFT Pennsylvania 2023 Biennial Convention!


Congratulations, AFT Pennsylvania

2023-2025 Executive Council!

AFTPA 2023-2025 Executive Council

AFT Pennsylvania Biennial Convention

2023 – Philadelphia, PA                       Nominations & Elections Report

                                                               President                                                 Arthur Steinberg

                                  Executive Vice President                                       Nina Esposito-Visgitis

                                                               Treasurer                                            LeShawna Coleman



Photo of AFT President Randi Weingarten addressing TEACH 2023

The AFT has always been a solutions-driven union, and our new campaign, launched during TEACH on July 21, proves it once again with a fresh, practical approach to strengthening public education. As AFT President Randi Weingarten pointed out during her keynote speech, the $5 million, yearlong campaign, “Real Solutions for Kids and Communities,” stands up against attacks on public schools and offers real-world solutions to build up, rather than break down, our communities.

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

On Tuesday, along with the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers and March for Our Lives, we held a vigil in front of Senator Pat Toomey's office to demand commonsense action on gun safety policies.

Below is a round up of the coverage we received. Special thanks to AFT PA Executive Vice President Nina Esposito-Visgitis, March for Our Lives Co-Founder David Hogg, Allegheny/Fayette Labor Council Chaplain Reverend Torrey Johnson, and PFT400 VP for Middle Schools, Robert Mitchell for assembling our group and speaking so powerfully.

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PHILADELPHIA—For the second time, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), the American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania (AFTPA), and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) filed an amicus "friend of the court" brief in support of the landmark school funding trial.

Access our newly filed brief here. Access our 2015 brief here.

Since before the trial's inception and throughout the years of preparation and court hearings, our unions and members have been staunch advocates for the fair funding of public education. Indeed, collectively with the plaintiffs, lawyers, advocates, and so


Plymouth Meeting, PA, February 8, 2022—On behalf of its 36,000 members and 64 locals, AFT Pennsylvania President Arthur G. Steinberg on Tuesday released a statement on Governor Wolf’s proposed 2022-2023 budget:

“Once again, Governor Wolf has shown that he is serious about fully and fairly funding public education in Pennsylvania, and we applaud his proposals for his final year in office. Substantial increases in funding are needed for basic and higher education in our commonwealth, and the Governor’s budget makes huge investments toward those goals.

“With potentially once-in-a-lifetime funding