The American Federation of Teachers (the other teachers' union) has launched a "Pink Hearts, Not Pink Slips" campaign to save teaching jobs across the country.
AFT members will wear pink heart buttons and sign an online petition to support legislation sponsored by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) that would provide $23 billion to help school districts avoid layoffs.
By the end of this school year, it is estimated that as many as 300,000 teachers, school support staff and higher education faculty will receive pink slips throughout the country.
“The federal government didn’t walk away from Wall Street, and it should not walk away from our kids and their public schools,” AFT president Randi Weingarten said. “These massive cuts in teachers and programs will seriously jeopardize the hard work being done in school districts throughout the nation on genuine reforms to boost student achievement.”
For more information, visit www.PinkHeartsNotPinkSlips.com.