AFT National President Randi Weingarten Is Honored For Her “Extraordinary Accomplishments” As Part of The City Of Buffalo’s Women’s 2017 History Month Celebration
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Honoring trailblazing women in Labor & Business, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recognized the extraordinary accomplishments of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) National President Randi Weingarten earlier this week during the city’s celebration of Women’s History Month 2017.
Mayor Brown - who proclaimed Monday, March 27th, 2017, as Randi Weingarten Day in the City of Buffalo during a ceremony that was held at City Hall - called Weingarten a “trailblazer and true champion” who has not only distinguished herself as one of the most powerful Labor Leaders in the United State, but who has also championed the causes of gender and racial equality and diversity throughout her storied career.
“Randi Weingarten ‘has never forgotten the lessons she learned’ at her childhood kitchen table as her late mother, a second-grade Teacher, ‘fought for a decent pay check and professional respect and dignity,’ a ‘crusade’ which included a seven-week strike by the Teachers Union,” said Brown Weingarten, who heads one of the nation’s largest Labor Unions with more than 1.6 million Members.
“With those seeds of activism and equity ‘firmly planted,’ Randi Weingarten ‘has become not only a tenacious and determined leader’ for Members of the American Federation of Teachers, but a ‘voice for all Americans who are battling for equality, respect, dignity and opportunity,’” the mayor continued. “She is a ‘trailblazer and true champion for all those striving for equity no matter their gender, race or sexual orientation,’ and she is a ‘tremendous role model for all of us working to make that a reality.’”
AFT President Weingarten addressed an audience of hundreds in the lobby of City Hall - including the AFT Affiliate Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) and its president, Phil Rumore (Pictured Below) - after receiving the Mayoral proclamation: "I want to thank the Mayor and the people of Buffalo for this ‘great honor’ and for ‘recognizing the contributions’ women make in our communities. We are in a ‘moment of serious threats to many of the issues that matter most’ to women and society - including ‘access’ to health care, a ‘fair’ economy and ‘great’ neighborhood public schools. Women are ‘seizing this moment’ - from the Women's Marches across the globe, to running for elected office, to working through their Union and community groups. Women are a ‘force for good’ in our classrooms and colleges, in state houses and businesses, in homes and hospitals. I accept this honor ‘in recognition of all the women who make a difference in our lives every day.’"
Monday’s event concluded the City’s celebration of Women’s History Month in 2017.
In addition to a March 22nd City Hall event during which seven Buffalo women were recognized for their achievements in business and Labor, Mayor Brown also participated in events sponsored by the local chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Buffalo Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Girl Scouts of Western New York.
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: All Photos That Appear With This Labor News Report Are Courtesy of Dennis Stierer, Via The Buffalo Teachers Federation.
Pictured Below: Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown, on the left, AFT President Randi Weingarten and BTF President Phil Rumore share a moment during a meeting in the mayor’s City Hall office.