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May 10, 2018 | Press Release


Rochester, NY – Today, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) endorsed Joe Morelle’s candidacy for Congress in the 25th District. An affiliate of the AFL-CIO, AFT was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.7 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, including approximately 80,000 early childhood educators and nearly 250,000 retiree members.


“A strong public education is critical to the future success of our children – and we know that with Joe Morelle in Congress, that future is in good hands,” said Randi Weingarten, President, AFT. “Louise Slaughter was a devoted advocate for educators and children and certainly leaves large shoes to fill. But our members know that as the husband of a retired schoolteacher, Joe Morelle will fight just as passionately as Louise to ensure all children receive the quality education they deserve.”


“Our teacher workforce is one of our nation’s greatest strengths, so let’s make certain we are supporting and treating educators as the incredible assets that they are,” said Morelle. “That is why in Congress I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the AFT in the fight to ensure that our schools and educators have access to the essential resources and tools they need to help our children achieve the highest levels of success.”


Morelle, who currently serves as a state Assemblymember representing the towns of Brighton, Irondequoit and parts of the city of Rochester, has spent a lifetime in public service working to advance the best interests of his community. In the Assembly, Morelle has successfully fought for historic increases in school aid, worked to expand pre-kindergarten and full-day kindergarten programs, secured new after-school slots in high-need districts, increased access to early college programs, and voted to enact the Excelsior Scholarship to make higher education more affordable for working families.


Morelle has also received the endorsement of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).

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