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.

Annual NYSUT convention in Rochester

April 8, 2016
By Jerry Levine, NYS LaborPress 

Rochester, NY - More than 2,000 union delegates from across the state will gather this week in Rochester to advocate for public education and defend the rights of workers as part of the 44thannual NYSUT Representative Assembly.

Chicago Teachers Shut Down Schools With One-Day Strike

April 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - More than 27,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers went on a one-day strike April 1 to protest stalled contract talks, school closures, and possible reductions in state funding. Classes were cancelled, and less than 2% of the city’s 400,000 pupils showed up at “contingency sites.

NYSUT: Budget Moves Public Education in Right Direction

April 4, 2016
By Jerry Levine, Albany LaboPress

Albany, NY-  April 1, 2016 — According to the New York State United Teachers, the  state education budget is moving public education in the right direction.

Chicago Charter Educators Join AFT Union

April 2, 2016

Chicago, Illinois - Teachers and staff at Passages Elementary Charter School in the Edgewater neighborhood voted to unionize Thursday March 31st, allowing the Chicago Alliance of Charter School Teachers and Staff (Chicago ACTS) to represent them.

Friedrichs Ruling a Win for Unions

April 2, 2016
By Linda Ocasio

New York, NY - Public-sector unions survived a serious threat on March 29 when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked over a challenge by conservatives to the fair-share fees that public-sector unions collect from non-members.

Sorry, But $15/Hr. Isn't 'Side Money' For College Students

March 29, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Students are fighting for a $15/hr. minimum wage - and winning.

New York, NY - At 19, NYU sophomore Hannah Fullerton is exactly the kind of young person critics of a $15 an hour minimum wage like to accuse of not really needing more money. But here’s why they are wrong. 

Chicago Teachers Union April 1st Unfair Labor Practice Is On ,With Supporting Actions Citywide

March 27,  2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - An April Fool's Day unfair labor practice strike is on after the Chicago Teacher's Union House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to authorize the strike and Day of Action throughout Chicago.

UC Berkeley Agrees to Make Contract Workers Permanent

March 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Berkeley, CA - The University of California at Berkeley announced Mar. 18 that it has agreed to offer full-time jobs to custodians and parking attendants now working for private contractors.

Teacher’s Choice tops UFT needs from Council

March 21, 2016
By Linda Ocasio 
Reprinted : New York Teacher

New York, NY - UFT President Michael Mulgrew on March 16 urged Council members to put additional money in next year’s city budget to support the programs that help teachers help students: Community Learning Schools, the Positive Learning Collaborative and Teacher’s Choice.

NYSUT Promotes Funding For Schools

March 11, 2016
By Stephanie West, Albany Bureau

Albany, NY - More than 800 New York State United Teachers’ activists converged on the state Capitol on March 8th to urge lawmakers to take advantage of the state’s $5.4 billion budget surplus and make significant new investments in public education.

NYSUT Applauds Selection of New Regents

March 10, 2016
By Stephanie West 

Albany, NY -  New York State United Teachers has praised the selection of three new Regents with significant public education experience who can help end the era of test-and-punish and forge a new path for public education policy that respects the voices of students, parents and educators.

UFT Launches Campaign to Promote Union Pride and Power

March 9, 2016
By Anne Silerstein

Reprinted from:  New York Teacher

New York, NY - The UFT launched its Union Loud and Proud campaign at the Feb. 3 Delegate Assembly in response to the relentless attacks by right-wing billionaires on teachers unions and the rest of organized labor.

Chicago Teachers Might Strike April 1 Over Pay Cut

March 8, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union will prepare to strike as soon as April 1 if the city school system cuts their pay by 7%, union Vice President Jesse Sharkey said Feb. 29. Sharkey said schools officials gave the union a 30-day notice in early February of its plan to stop contributing that amount to teachers’ pensions, which means it would come out of teachers’ paychecks.


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