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Retiring Wisely, the IFT retirement planning guide was first published several years ago. Revised this spring, the booklet supplements the retirement planning seminars held annually for members nearing retirement. The guide can be viewed or downloaded and saved or printed by clicking on the headline above,

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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.

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What unions do

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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.

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If you're thinking about retirement, be sure to attend this virtual meeting with a representative of the Illinois Teachers Retirement System (TRS) on April 24 from 5-6:30 pm.

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Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.

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If you have not done so already, union leader, sign in to AFT Leadernet today. You'll get a lots of free online resources to help you make your organization grow. Have instant access to AFT Plus benefit links, clip art galleries, document templates, survey makers, online form creators, and other useful tools.

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