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.  

Mass Demonstration at LaGuardia Community College

June 11, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Queens, NY - Several hundreds demonstrated at LaGuardia Community College on June 8th including students, faculty and staff. The issue continues to be the  systematic underfunding and draining of resources from the college.

PEF Approves Retroactive Contract

June 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Albany, NY -Members of the New York State Public Employees Federation overwhelmingly voted to ratify a one-year retroactive contract with the state, in results announced June 7.

PSC CUNY and Students Rally at City College Graduation

June 7, 2016 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – On Friday, June 3, as lines of students waited outside City College in Harlem in the rain to hear Michelle Obama speak at their graduation, members of the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY students, and student government representatives rallied across the street to bring attention to CUNY’s funding crisis.

Chicago Union Says Privatizing School Maintenance Will Hurt Pension Fund

June 7, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Public Schools’ plan to contract out management of all its 550 buildings will reduce the income of the city’s underfinanced pension funds, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143 President Bill Iacullo warned May 30.

New Orleans Charter-School Staff Votes for Union

June 6, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Orleans, LA - Teachers and paraprofessionals at the International High School of New Orleans voted May 27 to join the United Teachers of New Orleans.

Harrisburg Teachers Get First Raise in Five Years

June 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Teachers, nurses, and counselors in the Harrisburg School District will be getting their first raise in five years. The Harrisburg Education Association and the city school board both approved a two-year contract May 31.

Chicago Teachers Union Meets With District For Bargaining Session

June 4, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools met Thursday for a bargaining session on a new labor contract for teachers. CTU President Karen Lewis says teachers may be willing to forego annual raises in the new contract, if Chicago and state governments step up to find other revenue sources for Chicago Public Schools.

Albany Passes Pension Bill Benefiting Veterans

June 3, 2016 
By Linda Ocasio
United Federation of Teachers

New York, NY - Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 31 signed into law a bill that enables public school teachers and other public employees who are honorably discharged veterans and have five years in their civilian jobs to purchase up to three years of service credit toward their pensions.

UFT Re-Elects Mulgrew President

June 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - United Federation of Teachers members have re-elected President Michael Mulgrew to a third three-year term, the union announced May 27. Preliminary results showed Mulgrew, the Unity Caucus candidate, winning 76% of the about 53,000 ballots cast.

Chicago School Board Votes to Privatize More Maintenance

May 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously May 25 to double the size of a program to privatize school maintenance, increasing the number of schools where the SodexoMAGIC company handles custodial and engineering services, snow removal, landscaping, and pest control from 33 to 63.

New Orleans Charter-School Teachers Nix Union—In Secret Vote Count

May 23, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Orleans, LA -  With reporters barred from watching the ballots being counted, teachers at the Lusher Charter School in New Orleans on May 17 voted against being represented by a union.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Rule on Cancellation of Teachers’ Contract

May 19, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments May 11 over whether the Philadelphia School Reform Commission could legally cancel city teachers’ union contract.

State Appeals Court Rejects Teachers’ Property-Tax Challenge

May 13, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - A New York State appeals court on May 5 upheld the dismissal of the New York State United Teachers’ attempt to strike down the state’s cap on local property-tax increases.

Adjunct Professors Make Little More Than Minimum Wage

May 12, 2016
By Kenneth Quinnell

Washington, DC - If you spend much time talking to adjunct professors across the United States, you start to realize that it sounds a lot like what fast food workers fighting for better wages and working conditions are saying.


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