Career and Tech Education Programs Essential

March 22, 2017 
By Stephanie West, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - Career and technical education is crucial to maintaining a strong American economy with well-paying jobs, but it cannot succeed on a "skinny" budget that provides insufficient funding.

Texas Teachers Lobby for Funding, Union Rights

March 21, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Austin, TX - Thousands of Texas public-school teachers and students spent Mar. 13, the first Monday of their spring vacation, at the state capitol, lobbying for the Texas American Federation of Teachers’s legislative agenda.

Grad-Student Union Set Back at Duke U.

March 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Durham, NC - The Service Employees International Union withdrew its petition to represent Duke University graduate students Mar. 7, 11 days after it came in almost 300 votes behind in an election.

New Education Fair Plugs NYC Kids Into Union Jobs

March 11, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

NYC HS kids are eager to learn about union jobs.

New York, NY - From ironworkers to actors, New York City public high school kids got a chance this week, to meet with union members doing jobs that are not only challenging, but pay the bills — and then some. 

Yale Graduate Assistants Vote for Six ‘Microunits’

March 9, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Haven, C0 - Graduate assistants at Yale University have voted to form six “microunits” representing different academic departments, according to results released by the National Labor Relations Board Feb. 27.

NYSUT President Magee to Leave in April

March 6, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY -  Karen Magee, president of the New York State United Teachers, said Feb. 28 that she will not seek a second term.

Cafeteria Workers Strike at Two Toronto Universities

March 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Toronto, Canada - Hundreds of people rallied at the University of Toronto’s St. George Campus downtown Feb. 23 to support food-service workers on strike to  demand an end to “poverty-level wages.”

Anti-Union Teachers File ‘Friedrichs 2.0’ Lawsuit

March 2, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Santa Ana, CA - SantaThe organization behind last year’s unsuccessful attempt to outlaw the union shop for public-sector workers is trying to bring a similar case to the Supreme Court.

Suffolk Community College Honors Weingarten

February 28, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Selden, NY - Prominent labor leader, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO will be honored by The Suffolk Community College Foundation at its annual Salute to Excellence Gala whose proceeds will be used to fund need and merit-based scholarships, emergency student loans and quality academic enrichment programs. 

UFT Launches PublicSchoolProud Campaign

February 8, 2017  
By Joe Loverde 


New York, NY - UFT delegates on January 18 voted to launch a #PublicSchoolProud campaign to champion the city’s public schools in preparation for the attacks expected to be unleashed by Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Education Department.

Furloughed Chicago Teachers Protest at City Hall

February 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - As Chicago teachers were furloughed without pay Feb. 3, more than 100 used the day to protest the cuts at City Hall.

Cleveland Charter-School Teachers Win Union

February 5, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cleveland, OH - Administrators at a Cleveland charter school have voluntarily agreed to recognize a teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers announced Feb. 1.

PSC Endorses Mayor Bill De Blasio

February 4, 2017
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The Professional Staff Congress (PSC) has announced its endorsement of Mayor Bill de Blasio for re-election.

Shrinking Investments at CUNY Continues

January 31, 2017  
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Testifying at a budget hearing in Albany Tuesday January 24th, Professional Staff Congress President Barbara Bowen urged the State Legislature to end years of shrinking investments in CUNY and its 500,000 students by setting the University on a path to full funding, adding $300 this year.

UFT Accuses KIPP Academy of Violating Federal Law

January 24, 1027 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The United Federation of Teachers has accused the leadership of KIPP Academy Charter School in the Bronx of violating federal labor law by actively encouraging employees to decertify the UFT as their collective bargaining representative.

Buffalo Teachers Petition Removal of Paladino from Board

January 22, 2017  
By Stephanie West

Buffalo, NY - Five Buffalo teachers  supported by New York State United Teachers — have filed legal papers with the State Education Department seeking the removal of school board member Carl Paladino for “racially inflammatory statements” about President Obama, the First Lady and African-Americans that have violated his duty to serve as a role model for the school community.


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