Alyse Galvin Endorsed by Second-Largest Teachers' Labor Union in America

October 5, 2018

(ANCHORAGE, AK) — Today, Alyse Galvin for Congress announced that the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) endorsed Galvin for the Congressional District of Alaska-At Large. AFT, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and today represents 1.7 million members in more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, making it the second-largest teachers’ labor union in the United States.

“Alyse Galvin is a long-time activist who is deeply committed to our vision for Alaska’s public education system, which includes affordable healthcare for public employees, as well as meaningful tax reform for working families,” said Cecily Manning, President of Alaska Public Employees Association, the Alaska affiliate of AFT. “Alyse has been on the front lines advocating for public employees in Alaska, and I know that will she do the same in Congress.”

“I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of AFT to take our fight for Alaska’s public schools to Congress,” Alyse Galvin said. “As a mother of four children who were all educated by Alaska public schools, I know what it takes to be a leader and champion for educators and students. As Alaska’s Representative, I will never stop advocating for the resources and policies our students, teachers, and school districts need.”

In addition to AFT, other labor unions that have endorsed Alyse Galvin for Congress include: the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; the National Education Association, Alaska; the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; United Food and Commercial Workers; the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots; and Unite Here Local 878.

Alyse Galvin is a mom of four children, third-generation Alaskan, community leader, public education advocate, and a former small business owner. A tireless advocate for education, she spent the last five years as a leader of Great Alaska Schools organizing parents, students, educators, and community leaders to protect public schools from massive budget cuts. In 2017, she led statewide opposition to the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education.

Alyse Galvin is an Independent and the Alaska Democratic Party’s nominee for U.S. Congress. She will face Rep. Don Young in the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.