The Late Joe Sweeny

September 8, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Jamestown, New York, NY - Labor Day Weekend 2016 was the 37th annual celebration that honors Chautauqua County’s Workers, but this year was made even more special with the posthumous presentation of the prestigious George Ritzer Labor Award to the late Joe Sweeny (Pictured above/Photo Courtesy of the New York State United Teachers Union).

NYSUT, PSA reached an agreement

September 4, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY -  NYSUT and the Professional Staff Association, which represents 214 NYSUT employees, have reached an agreement.

Cleveland Teachers Strike Averted

September 4, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cleveland, OH - After a 21-hour bargaining session that lasted until 5 a.m. on Aug. 30, the Cleveland Teachers Union reached a tentative contract agreement with the city school district, averting a strike scheduled to start Sept. 2.

Mexican Teachers Strike; Government Refuses to Negotiate

September 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Oaxaca, MEX - A strike by teachers in four states that began Aug. 22 has closed more than half the schools in Oaxaca and Chiapas, according to the National Coordination of Education Workers.

California Supreme Court Sustains Teacher Tenure

August 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - The California Supreme Court preserved tenure and seniority rights for the state’s teachers Aug. 22. By a 4–3 vote, it refused to review the lower-court decision in Vergara vs. California that held those protections constitutional.

City ELA test scores soar to surpass state

August 20, 2016 
By Suzanne Popadin

New York, NY - Students in grades 3-8 in every school district in New York City improved on the state’s Common Core English Language Arts test in 2016, matching the performance of their peers in the rest of the state for the first time.

Teachers’ Pay Falls Behind Peers

August 17, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Pay and benefits for American public-school teachers have fallen significantly behind what other college graduates earn over the last 20 years 1994, says a report released by the Economic Policy Institute Aug. 9.

CUNY Faculty Wins Protections for Part-Time Profs

August 10, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - After more than six years without a raise, 25,000 faculty members and professional staff at the City University of New York overwhelmingly ratified a new contract that will give them retroactive pay increases and wins health insurance and some job security for eligible adjunct professors.

NYS Funding More Smart Schools

August 5, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - New York State's commitment to education has included funding 30 Smart Schools with a cost of $39 million. The project is covered under a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The initiative supports investments in student  education technology designed to close the digital divide.

CSEA Southern Tier Labor Leader Rose Teachman ‘Makes Her Point’…

August 5, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Olean, NY - While she won’t admit it or take credit for it, make no mistake about it – it appears the return of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 805 President Rose Teachman and her way of eloquently making her case not to privatize two Cattaraugus County nursing homes played a big role in county lawmakers deciding to send back committee resolutions seeing Request for Proposals (RFPs) to turn the homes over to private entities.

Chicago Teachers Challenge Governor to a ‘Read-Off’

August 4, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - About a dozen teachers crashed Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s press conference July 22, challenging to him a “read-off” after the release of a 2011 email in which the self-styled education reformer said half of the city’s public-school teachers were “virtually illiterate.” “We are teachers and we are not illiterate,” said Chicago Teachers Union staff coordinator Jackson Potter.

Health Professionals Join AFT

July 10, 2016  
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC — Health professionals in Montana, Connecticut and New Jersey voted to join the American Federation of Teachers, representing registered nurses, medical and dental assistants.

Win Week In Review

June 26, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - Following a day of multiple protest rallies in the streets, what's next for the Chicago Teachers Union and their battle to fully fund Chicago schools?

SEIU Fights For 10,000 Workers To Be Included In LAUSD's Health Coverage

June 18, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA - The union representing Los Angeles Unified School workers is fighting to get some 10,000 employees included in the district’s healthcare plan.  

Organized Labor ‘Not As Pleased’

June 15, 2016
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

West Seneca, NY - Lost in the shuffle of a number of high-profile Labor events, actions and Strikes over the past several weeks was news that the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) – which has been targeted for merger with the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center, had received yet another one-year reprieve to stay in West Seneca.

CUNY Moves On Fair Contract For Workers; Others Still Waiting

June 13, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

DC37 has reached a tentative labor pact with CUNY.

New York, NY - The City University of New York has finally taken action this week to help lift the wages of thousands of dedicated staffers who have spent the entire decade, thus far, without a contract and struggling to make ends meet. Thousands of other CUNY faculty and staffers, however, are still waiting for their own fair contract to be realized.  


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