Although there is a slight decrease in the polls for former Vice President Joe Biden, he is still getting support from essential federations of America. The American Federation of Teachers union, which has over 1.7 million members, announced that it would encourage its local affiliates to endorse the campaign of Joe Biden and two other candidates, but it would not support Mike Bloomberg. The move from the American Federation of Teachers was a refusal to Bloomberg, who is a strong supporter of charter schools. Recently, charter schools came under the attack by teachers unions for diverting funds from traditional public schools.
The union’s president does not endorse the announcement as of now, but it marks the first step towards that endorsement at a later point in time. The decision was followed by a telephone town hall meeting where thousands of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) union members and leaders took part. In the same conference, AFT President Randi Weingarten said - “the council and its members suggested to support locals and state affiliates, the three candidates. The time to take action is now before all the delegates are chosen, and all the primaries are over. This will ensure our leaders can help in shaping the race and raise our voices. It also ensures one of these three candidates emerges as the nominee.”
Interestingly, there are sub unions of AFT, and they are supporting different candidates. Warren’s hometown Massachusetts AFT union and Boston Teachers Union are backing Elizabeth Warren. Scranton AFT union is supporting Biden, who was born and raised till the age of 10 in Scranton. On the other hand, Sanders got the endorsement of the United Teachers Los Angeles union.
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