The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) endorsed John Kerry for president on July 16, confirming his support from both major teachers unions. The AFT plans to work for Kerry, putting paid staff in the most contested states and assigning its volunteer corps to campaign for him. The 1.3-million member AFT is composed primarily of public school teachers but also includes health care workers, college faculty and government workers.
Kerry personally addressed the AFT convention, promising that his first presidential priority would be financial support for schools. He pledged to spend at least $27 million more than the current budget, and to do it by rolling back part of Bush's tax cuts.