NYC and Day Care Workers Settle Contract

October 3, 2016  
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - New York City has settle a contract dispute that has been stalled for many years under the Bloomberg administration. The agreement provides the first comprehensive salary increase since 2006 for teachers and staff working in New York City day care centers. This landmark contract establishes competitive teacher salaries while upgrading health benefits of workers.

‘Roaring’ The Reply “Yesterday” When Asked ‘When’ They Wanted A Contract…

October 2, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Buffalo, NY - They came by the thousands, with New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) President Karen Magee telling she believed the number to be as many as 5,000, to voice their displeasure about working without a contract for more than 12 years now – and it’s a sure bet Buffalo’s Board of Education heard their message, loud and clear.

UFT targets Excessive Paperwork

October 1, 2016   
By Joe Loverde

New York, NY - The UFT is intent this year on enforcing a pair of key provisions from the 2014 contract: to reduce excessive paperwork and to make sure the Department of Education provides all educators in core subjects with appropriate curriculum.

Cleveland Teachers Nix Contract

September 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cleveland, OH - Cleveland Teachers Union members narrowly rejected a proposed three-year contract with city public schools, the union said Sept. 22. The vote on the deal, which had averted a strike scheduled for Sept. 1, was 1,832 to 1,730.

Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike

September 28, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union has voted overwhelmingly to authorize its leaders to call a strike, the union announced Sept. 26. About 95% of its members who signed ballots last week approved a possible walkout, well over the 75% of total membership legally required.

New Middle School in East Elmhurst

September 27, 2016 
By Neal Tepel

East Elmhurst, NY-- A new middle school is finally planned in one of the most crowded neighborhoods in the city, 111th Street and Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst. The new school will provide 600 much needed seats for local families and the surrounding area of Corona, Queens.

Chicago Teachers Voting on Strike Authorization

September 23, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, Ill.—Chicago’s public school teachers began voting Sept. 21 on whether to authorize a strike. “It is imperative that you vote ‘yes,’” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis wrote in a message to members, telling them, “We must make our power felt to compel the mayor to take our demands seriously.”

Christie Sues to Void Teachers’ Contracts 

September 21, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie on Sept. 15 asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to let the state break union contracts to make it easier to fire teachers and change work rules in poor districts it funds.

Detroit Teachers Voting on Six-Month Contract

September 14, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - Detroit Federation of Teachers members are voting this week on a proposed six-month contract with city schools. The deal, announced Sept. 5, would run from July 1 through Dec. 31.

Teachers Earn 17 Percent Less Than Others With College Degrees

September 13, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC - Compared to others with college degrees, teachers are lagging behind in wages.Joanne Powers reports. Research from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. on the ever-growing pay gap facing American teachers shows striking differences between women and men.

UFT blasts re-staffing of out-of-time schools

September 12, 2016 
By Linda Ocasio
New York Teacher Issue

New York, NY - The UFT sharply criticized state regulations that left the Department of Education little choice but to re-staff six schools that have been deemed “out of time” by the state because they failed to substantively improve after three or more years of intensive support.

'Trump-ism' Infects LIU During Lockout

September 10, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

AFT President Randi Weingarten denounces LIU lockout.

New York, NY - American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said on Friday that Long Island University’s decision to lock out Brooklyn Campus instructors during the first week of class smacks of “Trumpism,” — while angry students jeered university President Kimberly Cline for depriving them of the education they expected when enrolling. 

LaborPress 'Buzzes' Over the LIU Lockout and More!

September 9, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

IUOE Local 94 President Kuba Brown with Tom Hill of Boston Properties.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’ll find out why the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University has become a “colony in revolt” following the unprecedented post-Labor Day weekend lockout of the LIU faculty. Assembly Member Walter Mosley also returns with another Albany report, in which he tells us that developers who can’t afford to pay union standards and wages in New York, need to get out of the game. We’ll also get statistical proof from the U.S. government that union workers are, indeed, far better off than their non-union counterparts. And finally, we’ll look at the labor-management alliance that is directly responsible for making NYC’s iconic skyline possible. 

LIU Lockout Leaves Teachers on the Street

September 9, 2016  
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Hundreds of protestors gathered on Wednesday, September 7, in front of the Long Island University campus on DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn, while the big inflatable rat that has become a symbol of scab workers on the premises towered above them. 

The Late Joe Sweeny

September 8, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Jamestown, New York, NY - Labor Day Weekend 2016 was the 37th annual celebration that honors Chautauqua County’s Workers, but this year was made even more special with the posthumous presentation of the prestigious George Ritzer Labor Award to the late Joe Sweeny (Pictured above/Photo Courtesy of the New York State United Teachers Union).

NYSUT, PSA reached an agreement

September 4, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY -  NYSUT and the Professional Staff Association, which represents 214 NYSUT employees, have reached an agreement.


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