United Teachers of New Orleans Statement on the Life and Legacy of Nat LaCour, UTNO President Emeritus.

Local 527 membership elected Mr. LaCour vice-president in 1969 and then president in 1971, a post he held until he was promoted to a position in the American Federation of Teachers in 1998. He transformed Local 527 from a relatively small group of mostly segregated teachers into the largest local in the state. In 1972, amidst top-down faculty desegregation, Mr. LaCour helped orchestrate a merger with the mostly-white NEA local to form UTNO: The United Teachers of New Orleans. The merger was unprecedented:

 

UTNO Endorses Highly Qualified Candidates for Orleans Parish School Board

    AFT Local 527, the United Teachers of New Orleans, takes every election seriously. UTNO’s core values are education, democracy, and justice—all of which converge on election day, particularly for school board elections. The decisions made by school board members can shape the landscape of this city’s system of schools to improve the quality of education, give school constituents a greater voice, and ensure that all students are treated justly, celebrated for who they are, and provided equitable pathways to success after graduation.

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Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

Early Voting Has Begun!

Early voting is Oct. 16-27 (excluding Sunday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 25) from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Generally, your early voting polling location will differ from your election day polling location, so it's important to look up your voting sites.

Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In addition to candidates and local ballot initiatives, every Louisiana voter will weigh in on SEVEN CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS.