Randi Weingarten Joins Scranton Teachers At Community Town Hall

Teachers spend everyday fighting for our students. We are so proud of the work and determination Labor Leaders like Rosemary Boland and AFT President Randi Weingarten do in service to education. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is proud to stand with our educators.

The Scranton School District is currently owed between 18.5 and $40 million from the State. Currently, teachers and students are facing the elimination of band, chorus, their librarian, and even their pre-kindergarten program is on the chopping block.

“How could we end a successful pre-k program, because of a budget line item?” remarked President Weingarten.

The Scranton Federation of Teachers has been spent years fighting for their students. In fact, they have gone without a contract for nearly three years because of the district’s imminent financial crisis. The school district is owed more than 18.5 million dollars and their educators have gone with a contract for nearly three years. AFT President Randi Weingarten joined SFT President Rosemary Boland to voice solidarity at a community town hall.

“We have a tax base that is going down, not up. There isn’t enough money in the tax base. We need a campaign in Harrisburg. . . It’s time for the state to help,” said President Weingarten.

“Every day there’s a new mandate for teachers. But what happens when these mandates aren’t funded?” asked Scranton Federation of Teachers President Rosemary Boland.

Boland, who is an active member of the Scranton Central Labor Council, was joined by sisters and brothers from AFSCME, SEIU, UAW, IATSE, and more. “We are all equals in this labor movement. And as we say at Labor Council, ‘what’s happening in one union, can happen to all of us. Teachers are laborers too,” she concluded. We couldn’t agree more. We are all in.