AFT, NEA join forces in ad campaign

NYSUT’s two national affiliates — the AFT and NEA — have teamed with other national unions to sponsor a television ad aimed at the legacies of members of Congress who have disappointed working people. The message, dubbed “Remembered,” began running this week and targets Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Rep. Gary Miller and Jeff Denham of California, Rep. Bob Gibbs of Ohio, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, Rep. Tom Latham of Iowa and Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan.

The ad is critical of the lawmakers’ support for extreme “slash-and-burn” approach to government.

“Students will pay the price for congressional inaction,” said Mary Kusler, NEA director of government relations. “The consequences of the budget cuts – fewer educators, ballooning class sizes, no after-school tutoring – are keeping educators and students up at night. By pushing for deep cuts, the unmistakable legacy of lawmakers is that they chose corporations over students, cuts over jobs, and politics over compromise. Congress needs to find a responsible, balanced and permanent approach to avoid inflicting further pain on students, families and communities while demanding the rich and corporations to pay their fair share.”

“These cuts are not just numbers-every cut and every dollar has a real-life consequence for our children, our families and for the people who teach, heal and nurture them,” added AFT President Randi Weingarten. “We are talking about the difference between helping a child succeed and letting that child fall further behind in the classroom; making sure parents have affordable and accessible childcare and early childhood education options; making sure children and families have a roof over their head and food on the table; keeping front-line health providers on the job and providing life-saving immunizations to families; and keeping good jobs in our communities. Congress must not turn its back on the American people. We owe it to our children and families to do everything we can to stop these irresponsible and dangerous cuts from kicking in.”

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