L.A. Teachers Raise Dues to ‘Defend Public Education’

February 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel  

Los Angeles, CA - With its leadership saying it needed money to defend public education and teachers’ workplace rights, United Teachers Los Angeles members voted by more than 4–1 to increase their dues by about one-third. The vote, announced Feb, 10, will raise dues to $1,000 a year.

Detroit Teachers Stage ‘Walk-In’ Protests.

February 18, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel  

Detroit, MI - After two months of wildcat sickouts, Detroit teachers tried a new protest tactic Feb. 9: union-backed “walk-in” protests at several city schools.

Chicago Teachers Protest Funding, Pension Cuts

February 13, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Several thousand Chicago teachers and supporters protested Feb. 4, blocking evening rush-hour traffic in the downtown Loop.

NYSUT Sues State Over ‘Improvement Plans’

February 13, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - The New York State United Teachers is suing the state Education Department, contending that school authorities can’t impose “improvement plans” on teachers without negotiating with the union.

Michigan Legislature Moves to Punish Detroit Teachers

February 10, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Lansing Mich - A bill that would make it easier to punish teachers’ sickouts advanced to the state Senate floor Feb. 2, when the Education Committee approved it by a 4–1 vote.

Detroit Schools Emergency Manager Resigns

February 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - The state-imposed emergency manager of the city’s public schools announced Feb. 2 that he would resign, less than a week after the Detroit Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit demanding his ouster.

Detroit Teachers Union Sues to Ax Emergency Manager

February  6, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - The Detroit Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit Jan. 29 asking a judge to order the city to fix dilapidated schools and fire state-imposed emergency manager Darnell Earley.

Holding Department of Ed Accountable

February 5, 2016
By Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate

New York, NY - Our City is responsible for providing a free and quality education to all children - including over 200,000 children with special education needs.

Detroit Judge Denies Injunction Against Teachers

January 31, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - A state judge on Jan. 25 denied the Detroit Public Schools’ request for an injunction intended to stop sickouts by the city’s teachers, saying that she had seen no proof that they had been organized by any of the 28 groups and individuals targeted.

NYSUT Calls for Increased School Aid

January 30, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress Albany

Albany, N.Y. - NYSUT is calling for a big increase in state funding for education. The union representing teachers in New York State is urging the state to use its $5.4 billion surplus to invest in education.

PSC Response to CUNY's Declaration of Impasse in Negotiations

January 29, 2016
By PSC President Barbara Bowen

New York, NY - “Having failed to make an economic offer to the union for five years, and having finally offered what amounts to a salary cut, The City University of New York has now claimed that contract negotiations are at an impasse. A declaration of impasse - if supported by the State Public Employment Relations Board - would result in the appointment of a mediator to resolve contract negotiations with the Professional Staff Congress.

Teacher Sickouts Close Detroit Schools

January 23, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Detroit, MI- Teachers calling in sick to protest abysmal conditions forced 88 city schools to close Jan. 20. The sickout, the largest in a rolling campaign that has been going on for several weeks, shut down all but nine of Detroit’s public schools, with less than 2,000 of the system’s 46,000 students able to attend classes.

Kentucky Senate Plots to Repeal Prevailing Wage

January 22, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Frankfort, KY- A bill that would exempt school and university construction from Kentucky’s prevailing wage law may pass the state Senate as early as Jan. 15.

Chicago Charter Network Gives Fired Teachers Back Pay

January 20, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Chicago, IL- Urban Prep Academies, an all-male charter-school network in Chicago, has agreed to pay more than $260,000 in back wages and severance pay to 13 teachers who were fired last June after staff voted to unionize.

Latest 'Noises Off' Revival Is a Hit

January 19, 2016
By Dr. Leonard Golubchck, Entertainment Editor

New York, NY - Noises Off is a delightful classic comedy farce which will entertain all with laughter. Noises Off first opened on Broadway in 1983 and was revived in 2001.  Michael Frayn’s wonderful comedy is set during a British comedy “Nothing On”. 

Win Week In Review

January 17, 2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA- Teachers and other public union members rallied with supporters Monday in Washington as the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Freidrichs v. California Teachers Association case.


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