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(New Orleans – November 21, 2015) “The right man at the right time for Louisiana.” That is how Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Steve Monaghan introduced Representative John Bel Edwards when the Federation announced its endorsement last March.
Voters obviously agreed, and Rep. Edwards will become Governor Edwards on January 11, 2016.
The Louisiana Federation of Teachers and our partners have endorsed Representative John Bel Edwards for governor and Mayor Melvin "Kip" Holden for Lt. Governor in the November 21 runoff election. Early voting begins on Saturday, November 7 and runs through November 14, except for Sunday, November 8 and Veterans' Day, November 11.
Here is a list of candidates endorsed by LFT in other races:
For the past eight years, John Bel Edwards has been steadfast in his support for public education. Even when Gov. Jindal’s ratings were above 60%, John Bel was unafraid to say that the Jindal plan was bad for Louisiana. He has been a voice of reason standing against those who led the state to the brink of disaster.
Adjunct faculty at Temple University have voted overwhelmingly to join the AFT's' faculty affiliate at the school, the Temple Association of University Professionals. This was a hard-won victory for adjunct educators, as Temple's administration ran an aggressive anti-union campaign.
The AFT along with the American Association of University Professors, filed an amicus curiae brief in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case threatens to make it harder for working people to join together and speak out together.