July 26, 2012
American Federation of Teachers Convening in Detroit
WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Teachers 2012 convention will begin Friday, July 27, and will last through Monday, July 30, at Cobo Center in Detroit, where more than 3,000 delegates will gather from across the country representing preK-12 teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; early childhood educators; federal, state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.
The convention opens with AFT President Randi Weingarten’s keynote address introducing “solution-driven unionism,” a redefinition of unionism that advances solutions focused not just on members, but also on the people they serve and the communities in which they live. Solution-driven unionism will advance creative solutions to unify members and their communities around issues important to all working people.
After delivering her keynote address on Friday, Weingarten will join members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers as they gather at the Detroit Pubic School headquarters to tell Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts to stop dictating and start working collaboratively to ensure the students of Detroit have what they need to succeed.
Essential items the convention will address include:
AFT Convention at Cobo Center, Detroit
Friday, July 27, 9 a.m. session
AFT President Randi Weingarten
Friday, July 27, Noon
Rally at DPS, 3031 W. Grand Blvd.
Saturday, July 28, 9 a.m. session
UAW President Bob King
Saturday, July 28, 2 p.m. session
Diane Ravitch, NYU historian of education and best-selling author
Rev. Wendell Anthony, Detroit Branch NAACP president
Sunday, July 29, 2:30 p.m. session
U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee (Mich.)
Dr. Jill Biden
Vice President Joe Biden (see below for special instructions)
Monday, July 30, 7:30 a.m. Women’s Rights Breakfast
Sandra Fluke, Georgetown Law School graduate
Betty Dukes, lead plaintiff in Dukes v. Wal-Mart
Monday, July 30, 9 a.m. session
Charles Blow, columnist for the New York Times