This was a Resolution Brian Crowell wanted the American Federation of Teachers to adopt in 2014. Needless to say it got nowhere. It demanded some action on the economic conditions that fueled the candidacy of Bernie Sanders and the election of Donald Trump:
In light of the NeoLiberal
Economic Policies that openly attack the poor and middle class, The
American Federation of Teachers has formally resolved the following and
ask The American Federation of Teachers to support the following:
We demand that the American Federation of Teachers adopt the following
policies, taken in the spirit of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Economic
Bill of Rights:
We demand the right to:
Employment, with a living wage
Food, clothing and leisure
Farmers rights to a fair income
Freedom from unfair competition and monopolies
Consistent with President Franklin Roosevelt's 2nd Bill of rights, and
in the light of current issues facing the nation’s teachers, we also
demand the following of our unions and associations:
We Demand that AFT must fight to defend veteran teachers from being forced out of their jobs by administrative harassment.
We Demand that AFT must fight to dramatically increase the number of teachers of color in our classrooms.
We Demand that AFT must stand up as strongly to denounce Democratic
politicians who attack teachers and public education as Republican Ones.
We Demand that AFT actively support Constitutional Protections for Migrant and and Documented workers and children.
We Demand that AFT actively organize to unionize retail workers, fast
food workers, childcare workers, domestic workers, home care and hospice
workers, and to advocate for these workers a living wage.
Consistent with The New Deal Legislation of the 1930's we Demand that
AFT advocate for WPA/TVA work and employment programs to alleviate
homelessness and poverty.
We Demand that NEA actively actively engage policy makers to enforce Constitutional Protections for LGBT Citizens.
We Demand that AFT actively pursue policies that protect public education from Unfair Competition from Charter Schools.
We Demand that AFT actively pursue policies that promote Equal Equality and Equal Pay For Women; without compromise.
Consistent with Farming Legislation of the 1930's, We Demand that AFT
pursue policies to promote small and medium size farming in lieu of
large agribusiness farming.
Consistent with The Hill Burton Act of
1946, We Demand that AFT pursue policies to fully enact a single payer
health care system.