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Learn the history of the AFT, including the union's founding in Chicago in 1916, its affiliation with the AFL-CIO, its battles for workers and human rights and its continued work to uphold the proud traditions on which the union was created.


AFT Mission Statement

The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

Learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.


CVCR or Champlain Valley Council of Retirees has had an active year so far.  C-chair Gary VanCour made a summary of the year to this point.  Make sure to take advantage of the rest of the year's events.  To read Gary's letter follow this link: CVCR: The Year Thus Far


February 13, 2023 saw the retirees of the CVCR area gather at MHAB in Plattsburgh.   Co-chairs Gary VanCour and Carlos Madden led our business meeting.  The nominating committee is looking for people to fill several positions.

Following a wonderful lunch, we heard from President of the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Associations, Jacqueline Madison.  We were treated to details of this organization and their work.   Plans are underway for a 'field trip' to their site in the spring. No. Country Underground Railroad Historical Association  


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