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Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights for Public  Employees
Education, Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights for Public Employees

WASHINGTON, DC — American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten issued the following statement in support of the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, reintroduced  in the House of Representatives, which will guarantee collective bargaining rights for public sector employees across the country: “Public workers educate our students, treat our patients and keep our communities…

NYC Comptroller Stringer Proposes Teacher Residency Program
Education, Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

NYC Comptroller Stringer Proposes Teacher Residency Program

NEW YORK, NY – New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has proposed investment in teachers and the City’s public school system to combat persistently high teacher turnover rates that set back the City’s most vulnerable students. In the new report, “Teacher Residencies: Supporting the Next Generation of Teachers and Students,” Comptroller Stringer calls on the City Department of…

NEW Hosts Annual Equity Leadership Awards Luncheon
Building Trades, Education, Features, New York, topslot, Transportation

NEW Hosts Annual Equity Leadership Awards Luncheon

New York, NY – Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) held its Annual Equity Leadership Awards Luncheon at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan on Thursday, June 20. Honorees included Jay Badame, AECOM Tishman, Laura Vulaj, SL Green Realty Corp., Lenny Legotte, International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local One, and Mellissa Brotherson, Plumbers Local Union…

Albany Passes Patient Protection Legislation
Education, Features, Finance, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Albany Passes Patient Protection Legislation

In a big victory for the UFT, union-supported legislation curbing exorbitant hospital fees charged to out-of-network patients for emergency care passed both houses of the state Legislature in June. It now needs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature to become law. The bill, which passed the state Assembly on June 5 and the state Senate on June…

Gingerbread Learning Center President Sentenced for Stealing Funds
Education, Features, Finance, Law and Politics, New York

Gingerbread Learning Center President Sentenced for Stealing Funds

STATEN ISLAND, NY – A husband and wife stole approximately $771,000 in public funds by falsifying business records for The Gingerbread Learning Center, Inc., a pre-school serving special needs children on Staten Island.  Throughout the course of the scheme, the defendants diverted public funds to purchase personal items. The defendants were sentenced  in state Supreme Court,…

Study shows UFT-DOE teacher leader program is a model to follow
Education, Features, Municipal Government, New York

Study shows UFT-DOE teacher leader program is a model to follow

In 2013–14, the United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Department of Education created a  teacher leadership/career pathway program to expand teachers’ voice  in their schools. A study of the program recently released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO-IIEP) found that it…

Union Activism Can Be Murder; But That’s a Good Thing
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Union Activism Can Be Murder; But That’s a Good Thing

Brooklyn, NY – Good murder mysteries ultimately keep you guessing “whodunit?” Tim Sheard’s Lenny Moss murder mysteries ultimately keep you guessing “whodunit?” — and “how-will-workers-secure-a-collective-bargaining-agreement-that-guarantees-area-standard-wages-and-benefits-plus-a-dignified-retirement?” “There are some people who will read my books because they like mysteries or they like medical stories, maybe they work in the health field,” the author, organizer and Hard…

Labor Supports Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth
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Labor Supports Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth

New York, NY — On Monday, May 6th, Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth (SGHY), founded by former Councilmember Alan Gerson to honor his mother as a life-long physical educator and community activist, held its annual gala which honored CSA President Mark Cannizzaro, C. Virginia Fields, Lois Lee, Ken Paskar, Dirk McCall, Peter Yarrow and Jerry Goldman…

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