Union Talk Podcast

On Union Talk, AFT president Randi Weingarten will interview workers, policymakers and experts who are confronting the issues working families face and championing solutions. From the classroom to the bargaining table to Congress to the streets, Union Talk will look at the past, present and possible ways the labor movement and unions are vehicles to secure opportunity, justice and a voice in our democracy for all. Different episodes of Union Talk will do deep dives on great public schools and affordable higher education, healthcare as a right, unions, an economy that works for all and what it takes to maintain a thriving democracy. Union Talk will tell the stories that demonstrate that together we can accomplish for our families and communities what is impossible to do alone.

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Episode List

Union Talk Podcast - Episode 11
6/21/22

After the Shootings: How to Help Our Kids and Ourselves

AFT president Randi Weingarten joins Dr. Pamela Cantor (Founder of Turnaround for Children), Abbey Clements (Teachers Unify), and Sarah Lerner (Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School teacher) to talk about the real steps educators and parents can do to help their children navigate and heal from the traumatizing news about school shootings.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 10
6/9/22

Guns and Hate: Buffalo, Uvalde and Other Tragedies

AFT president Randi Weingarten hosts an emotional and informational episode exploring the deadly mix of hate and guns that have led to mass shootings in Buffalo, Uvalde, Tulsa and more. Parkland survivors Jim Gard, Lori Alhadeff, and historian Eric Ward join Randi to discuss what educators, parents and politicians can do and examine the deep-seated racial issues that act as a threat to our schools, our lives and our democracy.”

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 9
5/12/22

Social Media and Our Kids: A Conversation with Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen

Randi hosts a conversation with “Facebook Whistleblower” Frances Haugen, Warren Ng from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Dalia Hashad from Parents Together about the impact social media is having on our children and what we can do to help them. Later, Randi is joined by two high school students – Lola Nordlinger and Devin Lee – who bring their first-person perspective on the pitfalls of growing up on the internet. NOTE: This is a recording from an On 24 webinar.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 8
1/21/22

Omicron, Boosters and Schools

Join us as AFT President Randi Weingarten moderates a discussion with the U.S. Surgeon General, Irwin Redlener, and Dr. Vin Gupta about Omicron, boosters and schools.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 7
12/08/21

Teaching Honest History

Randi talks to scholars Dr. Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University and professor Peter Levine of Tufts University to pull back the curtain on what is behind the efforts to use critical race theory to divide parents and teachers, the importance of teaching honest history, how to support educators under attack, and how teachers and parents can partner to help all students thrive.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 6
11/22/21

COVID-19 Vaccines and Children

Randi is joined by Chief Nurse Officer Rear Admiral Aisha Mix, AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos and two parent-teachers—Colleen McElligott-Liporto from Lynn, Mass., and Veronica Lindsey from Socorro, Texas—to discuss the Biden administration’s efforts to make COVID-19 vaccines readily available for children and the ongoing efforts to combat vaccine misinformation.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 5 11/01/21

Do you have student debt? New Changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and how this can help you!

AFT President Randi Weingarten, Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan and U.S. Department of Education Senior Advisor Julie Morgan answer questions about how the recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program and settlement of the Weingarten v. DeVos lawsuit are helping to fix this program and help hundreds of thousands of educators, healthcare professionals, firefighters and other public employees become debt-free. For more information, go to www.aft.org/PSLF or check out the online resource Summer, which helps AFT members and associate members navigate the changes to PSLF and reduce or eliminate their debt load.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 4 10/07/21

From the Bedside: A Conversation with Nurses Caring for COVID Patients

"Union Talk" brings you inside America's hospitals to talk to three nurses about the stress, strain and "emotional roller coaster" they've faced caring for patients throughout the pandemic and what they want people to know about vaccines, misinformation and what nurses need in this moment.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 3 09/22/21

Prioritizing Student and Staff Safety in the Classroom

Take a listen to our latest AFT virtual town hall, bringing together distinguished experts and leaders from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Turnaround for Children, AASA/The School Superintendents Association and the National PTA, as well as the U.S. surgeon general, as they answer questions, debunk myths and share information about how we can reopen schools—and keep schools open—while prioritizing safety for students and staff.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 2 09/04/21

Labor Day with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh

Randi talks with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh about the importance of unions, building power for working people in our economy, how the Biden administration is ensuring the freedom for all to thrive and what his Labor Day message is to the American people.

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Union Talk Podcast - Episode 1 09/04/21

A Safe Back to School for All

Learn how one district in Lynn, Mass., is working together for a safe and successful back to school for all. As part of her national back-to-school tour, Randi sits down with the leader of the Lynn Teachers Union, a member and parent, the superintendent and the mayor to talk about how they’re working together to safely reopen schools for in-person learning and what other districts can learn from their experience.

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