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Rauner Vetoes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary to $40,000
Education, Features, Labor News Briefs, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Rauner Vetoes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary to $40,000

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.—Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill Sept. 16 that would have raised the minimum salary for teachers in the state to $40,000 in the 2022-23 school year. Teachers deserve to be well-compensated, the governor wrote in his veto message, but “minimum pay legislation is neither the most efficient nor the most effective way.”…

Tacoma Teachers’ Strike Ends; Wins 14% Raise
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Tacoma Teachers’ Strike Ends; Wins 14% Raise

TACOMA, Wash.—Teachers in Tacoma voted almost unanimously Sept. 14 to ratify a contract that will give them raises averaging 14.4%, and returned to work Sept. 17, ending their seven-day strike. The vote was 2,022-23 in favor. The district had offered a 3.1% raise before the strike, and 7.5% after it started. The deal will increase…

Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month
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Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month

TACOMA, Wash.—The 2,200 teachers on strike in Tacoma, Washington believe their walkout might last the rest of the month. “Teachers have the patience of saints,” first-year high-school teacher Megan Holyoke told USA Today on the picket line Sept. 10. “I think the district doesn’t understand that. We will wait this out.” The Tacoma strike was…

AFT Rips Betsy DeVos’ ‘Insane’ Guns-for-Teachers Plan
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AFT Rips Betsy DeVos’ ‘Insane’ Guns-for-Teachers Plan

WASHINGTON—A possible Education Department plan to use federal funds to buy teachers guns is “insane,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said in a statement Aug. 23. The plan, reported by the New York Times Aug. 22, would enable states to use money from federal Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants to purchase weapons…

Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Yonkers Residents
Building Trades, Education, Features, Law and Politics, New York

Building Trades Pre-Apprenticeship Program for Yonkers Residents

YONKERS, NY – Over 100 Yonkers residents turned out on July 28th to learn about a building trades pre-apprenticeship program. The project was launched by the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Westchester and Putnam Counties. Other partners in this important project include the two counties and New York…

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