Boston Teachers Rally for New Contract

March 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Several hundred teachers marched loudly outside the city School Department’s headquarters in Roxbury on the evening of Mar. 22 to demand that it move faster on negotiating their new contract.

AFT Member Speakes Out Against Supreme Court Nominee

March 27, 2017  
By Annette Licitra

Reprinted: AFT.Org

Washington, DC - Special educator Irene Booze believes with every fiber of her being that it is our duty to help the less fortunate. That's why she became a special education paraprofessional, that's why she works at a middle school for children with autism, and that's why, for many years, she was a nurse at a state psychiatric hospital.

Trump’s Declaration of War on Public Education

March 27, 2017 
By Carol Burris, Executive Director, Network for Public Education

Washington DC - Donald Trump's education budget is a declaration of war on public education and our nation's neediest children. It was surely designed by Betsy DeVos. 

Trump Takes  Meat Cleaver to Public Education

March 26, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washinton, DC - The 2018 budget proposal released by the White House on March 16 "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

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.


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