Randi Weingarten Reps 1.7 Million Workers

Randi Weingarten
Image by Meghana Kollu / Photo courtesy of American Federation of Teachers
Randi Weingarten
Image by Meghana Kollu / Photo courtesy of American Federation of Teachers

Randi Weingarten Reps 1.7 Million Workers

Randi Weingarten is the first openly gay president of a labor union in America. The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Weingarten represents 1.7 million teachers, healthcare workers and support staff across the country.

Decades into organizing teachers, she represents more people than some governors do. An intensely private person, she talks with Art of Power host Aarti Shahani about when she chooses to let her personal life come into the public eye. They revisit her coming out story, as well as her experience as a survivor of sexual assault. And Weingarten explains how she’s won over billionaires and politicians (like Michael Bloomberg) by always coming back to the table.