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Buffalo Teachers, LI School Nurses Vote to Unionize
Education, Features, Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York

Buffalo Teachers, LI School Nurses Vote to Unionize

ALBANY, N.Y.—The New York State United Teachers has accepted three new affiliates, the unionysut announced Sept. 18. NYSUT’s board of directors voted Sept. 15 to approve new locals composed of school nurses in Uniondale on Long Island, teachers at the Health Sciences Charter School in Buffalo, and the staff at the Stanley G. Falk School,…

Unions – a Route to the American Dream
Education, Features, Law and Politics, National

Unions – a Route to the American Dream

A growing and enduring middle class, great public schools, a living wage, affordable healthcare and college, a decent retirement, a voice at work and in our democracy, communities that are safe and welcoming—these are American aspirations, and they are what the American labor movement has fought for, for generations. We have fought to ensure these…

Rauner Vetoes Raising Minimum Teacher Salary to $40,000
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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…

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