The ‘Continued Resurgence’ Of Organized Labor

May 10, 2016 Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - Now that the dust has settled after an extremely high-profile Buffalo School Board Election, it is abundantly clear the role Organized Labor played, which ultimately worked to shift power to a new majority that was backed by the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF), the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union and the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF).

Chicago Teachers Say New Strike Unlikely

May 10, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union said May 4 that it's not likely to go on strike again during this school year—unless the city school system unilaterally decides to cut off its contribution to their pensions and dump the cost on teachers.

Detroit Schools Promise to Pay Teachers

May 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroitt, MI - After a two-day sickout closed Detroit public schools, teachers returned to work May 4 when state-appointed emergency manager Steven Rhodes promised in writing that they would be paid for the full year.

Failing Our Children

May 6, 2016
By NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

New York, NY - On May 3rd, the City's Department of Investigation (DOI) released an alarming report about the current state of our City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS) - a systemic issue my office has been raising for months. 

Pearson Stockholders Nix Teachers-Union Resolution

May 6, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

London, UK - Stockhdolders at Pearson LLC, the world’s largest education company, voted down a resolution sponsored by American and British teachers unions at their annual meeting April 29.

Detroit Teacher Sickout Closes Public Schools

May  5, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Detroit, MI -A Detroit teacher "sickout" Monday closed 94 of the city's 97 public schools.

Buffalo School Board Election

May 2, 2016
By Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - Expressing their anger and pledging to do all they can for Buffalo’s Public School students - as well as defeating those who want to privatize the school system and profit from it, Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)-represented Members were joined by a host of Union Representatives, community leaders and a bevy of Buffalo Public School Board candidates and elected officials on Saturday (April 30th) during a rally that was held in Downtown Buffalo to bring all concerned parties together in solidarity under the rallying cry of “Buffalo Students Deserve Better!”

Teachers Unionizing Amid Deteriorating Conditions At California's Largest Online Charter School

May 1, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA - Teachers organizing a California Teachers Association/National Education Association affiliated union at California's largest online charter school says the school has issues that need to be fixed.

Illinois University Layoffs ‘Blindside’ Workers

April 28, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Urbana, Illinois - The University of Illinois main campus announced April 18 that it has given administrators four weeks to name people who will be laid off before the fall semester if the state government can’t agree on funding.

Detroit Teachers Rally To Stabilize Detroit Public Schools

April 26, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Detroit, MI - Detroit American Federation of Teachers union members, parents and clergy and other labor leaders are rallying in Lansing Tuesday for "Schools Our Kids Deserve."

Teacher Tenure Victory in California

April 20, 2016
By Suzanne Popadin
Reprinted: - NY Teacher

New York, NY - In a victory for unions nationwide, the California Court of Appeal on April 14 reversed a lower court decision that had thrown out tenure and seniority rights for the state’s public school teachers. The appeals court ruled that the state’s teacher tenure and seniority laws do not violate black and Latino students’ rights to an equal education under the state’s constitution.

CUNY Announces Strike Vote

April 19, 2016
By Stephanie West 

New York, NY — After more than five years without a contract and six years without a raise for its members, the union of faculty and professional staff at the City University announced a strike authorization vote on May 2 – May 11. Professional Staff Congress (PSC) President Barbara Bowen said the union is committed to resolving the contract and will not take any job action during the current academic year, but could take action in the fall if left with no alternative.

NYC School Construction Projects Soar

April 17, 2016
By Stephanie West 

New York, NY - Buoyed by construction projects at the collegiate level, and a spike in public school renovation projects, the value of construction starts by New York City schools reached $3 billion in 2015, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

Minnesota Lawsuit Attacks Teacher Tenure

April 17, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St Paul, Minn - Four mothers backed by national groups opposing teachers’ unions filed a lawsuit April 14 to end Minnesota’s tenure and seniority protections for teachers. The suit, filed by Partnership for Educational Justice, argues that “harmful teacher employment statutes” violate the state constitution’s guarantee of a “thorough and efficient” education.

Philadelphia Teachers Lambaste School ‘Turnaround’ Plans

April 16, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - The city’s plans to “turn around” four schools by getting rid of all their teachers came under fire from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers April 6.

AFL-CIO President Trumka Keynotes University Park Commencement

Aprtil 11, 2016
John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

University Park, PA - AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka will deliver the 2016 commencement address for the Penn State Dickinson School of Law May 14th.


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