David Hecker

David Hecker

David Hecker has served as president of AFT Michigan since 2001. Previously, he was secretary-treasurer of the state federation. A member of the AFT executive committee, Hecker was first elected as an AFT vice president in 2004.


Column: It’s time for billionaires to pay their fair share of taxes

By: - July 19, 2021

Imagine a world where we aren’t asked to choose between funding our schools and other crucial public services like fixing our roads and bridges, cleaning up our water and ensuring everyone has access to food, shelter, and health care.  Imagine living in a country where our government at all levels works to ensure everyone’s needs […]


David Hecker: Public education must continue to fight ugly truth of racism

By: - June 11, 2021

Michigan can and should be a place where every child, regardless of race or ZIP code, has the opportunity to get a quality public education that will set them on a path to success. But we’re not there yet, and it is incumbent on all of us to do the work necessary to strengthen public […]


David Hecker: COVID-19 shows we need to recommit to economic and racial justice

By: - April 28, 2020

During the meetings I’ve been in as the state has dealt with the fallout of COVID-19, consistent, common themes arise, including: the devastating effects this crisis has on hourly employees who struggle to make ends meet; the disproportionate impact the virus has had on African-American communities; and the digital divide our students face.  “The coronavirus […]


Herbart and Hecker: Don’t gamble with school retirement funds for roads scheme

By: and - July 14, 2019

Some state lawmakers are proposing to dip into state retirement funds to pay for Michigan’s crumbling roads.  This dangerous idea should be rejected because it could undermine the retirement of hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents, drive the state deeper into debt, and saddle taxpayers with massive future costs. Rather than face the fact that […]