It feels like I say this every year, but it’s especially true this year. Every week — every day on the calendar — should be teacher, nurse and public employee appreciation week.

As we celebrate Public Service Recognition Week, May 2–8, Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3–7, and National Nurses Week, May 6–12, I often joke that this is AFT member appreciation week. But seriously, I want to stop and take a moment to reflect on the year we’ve had.

This year, you have saved us. You have kept your students engaged and fed. You have kept your patients as safe…

Randi Weingarten

American Federation of Teachers president, committed to improving schools, hospitals and public institutions for children, families and communities.

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