NY529 College Savings Account An Important Tax Deduction

December 28, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York’s 529 College Savings Program is an investment tool designed to help parents save for college.

State Won’t Punish Teachers Who Violated Testing ‘Gag Order’

December 27, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - Settling a lawsuit by the New York State United Teachers, the state Education Department agreed Dec. 19 that it will not punish teachers who talk about questions on the state’s standardized tests, as long as the questions have been publicly released.

AFT Online Meetings Develop Union Leaders

December 25, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Washington DC - Teams of K-12 educators from locals around the nation gathered with AFT President Randi Weingarten on Dec. 10 for an online meeting about the school-related topics they'll tackle in 2016-17 as part of the AFT Teacher Leaders Program. Thirteen participating sites took part in this month's webinary.

Columbia Challenges Graduate Assistants’ Union Vote

December 22, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York,, NY - One week after graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University voted overwhelmingly for a union, the university filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board challenging the election’s validity.

Statement From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

December 20, 2016 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the nearly 5,000 State University of New York Graduate Assistants Union/CWA Local 1104 have reached an agreement on a three-year contract. The agreement includes a 2 percent increase in 2016-17, a 2 percent increase in 2017-18 and a 2 percent increase in 2018-19.

Columbia Graduate Assistants Vote to Join UAW

December 19, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University in New York have voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers, the union announced Dec. 9, with more than 70% voting yes.

Michigan Court Says Long Teachers’ Contract Broke ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

December 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - A Michigan appeals court on Dec. 13 invalidated a 10-year contract teachers in a Detroit suburb signed the month before the state’s union-shop ban went into effect in March 2013, saying that it was intended to “subvert and undermine” the law’s intent.

Detroiters Fear DeVos’s Education Policies

December 16, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - If you want to see what public education looks like under billionaire Betsy DeVos’s agenda, Detroit might be a good place to start. Nearly half of students there attend charter schools, and many suffer from the same problems that plague the city’s public schools: a lack of resources needed to educate students, high teacher turnover, and low test scores.

Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure: A First Look at Labor Rights

December 14, 2016 
By Katrina Hohlfeld

Editor’s Note: The following is a review of “Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure.” a new children’s book by author Victor Narro that explores workers’ rights. “Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure" is out now on Hard Ball Press — a publishing house dedicated to helping working class people like Narro tell their stories.

New York, NY - It is never too early to begin teaching children about receiving fair wages for their work, and Victor Narro’s book provides an excellent vehicle to introduce the topic. “Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure” is a bilingual book (English and Spanish) about a young boy who learns how important it is to stand up for worker’s rights.

$33 million in Back Pay Going to UFT Members  

December 7, 2016 
By Dorthy Callaci

Reprinted: New York Teacher

New York, NY - The Department of Education on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the Department of Education’s Special Education Student Information System.

AFT : Betsy Devos Wants To De-Fund Public Education

December 7, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - [Randi Weingarten]: "The nominee for the Secretary of Education slot is the most ideological and anti-public education nominee that any party has ever selected.

IDC's Legislation Enacting Letter Grades For School Cafeterias

December 4, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The  Independent Democratic Conference to Introduce Legislation to Create a Grading System for School Cafeterias -  Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn), and Senator-elect Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan).

Racial Wage Gap Regresses to 1950 Levels

December 1, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Durham, NC - Black men’s incomes have gone back to the back of the bus, according to study released in late November by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The Real Purpose behind the Charter School Movement & the Ethical Opposition!

November 23, 2016 
By Barbara McClung and Lauren Phillips

As charter schools expand and seek to gain more ground, so has the opposition to that movement been increasing throughout the country.

School Unions Urge Mayor to Give All Students Free Lunch

November 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - There is such a thing as a free lunch, New York City’s education unions contend—and they say it wouldn’t cost that much to give one to all public-school students. Reports From Hawaii

November 18, 2016  
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

West Oahu, HI -  Walking through the archives of the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR), which is housed at the University of Hawaii (UH) in West Oahu, one gets drawn in to the many reminders of the battles conducted by Organized Labor in the past – some so vivid and riveting that you cannot leave without having them make a deep impression of what those Hawaii Workers who came before, fought for, so future generations could benefit.


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