Education

D.C. Charter School Teachers Say ‘Union Yes’
Education, Features, Finance, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

D.C. Charter School Teachers Say ‘Union Yes’

Washington, DC — Over 80 percent of teachers and staff at Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School have signed authorization cards to join the American Federation of Teachers— The petition at the high-performing school in the Truxton Circle neighborhood comes after a monthslong organizing effort to honor the school’s values of collaboration and cooperation and…

Mulgrew Re-elected UFT President
Education, Features, Municipal Government, New York

Mulgrew Re-elected UFT President

UFT President Michael Mulgrew has won his fourth term as the union’s president. Mulgrew received 38,591 votes, or 86.2 percent of the votes cast,   Mulgrew was elevated to the presidency after serving as the union’s vice president for career and technical education high schools and its chief operating officer. He was elected to his first…

Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing
Building Trades, Education, Features, New York, topslot

Laborers Graduate Apprentices, Urge Union-Built Affordable Housing

NEW YORK, N.Y.–The about 60 Laborers International Union apprentices lined up in a side room at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in Manhattan Apr. 17, clad in brilliant saffron-orange caps and gowns.  “When you graduate, you’re part of this forever,” Local 79 apprentice coordinator Timmy Valentine told them. They marched into the cathedral’s main room, chanting…

University of California Workers Hold Fourth One-Day Strike
Education, Features, National

University of California Workers Hold Fourth One-Day Strike

DAVIS, Calif.—Two unions representing 39,000 service and technical workers at the University of California staged their fourth one-day strike in the last year April 10, picketing outside the university’s five medical centers. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to be at a union rally,” United Farmworkers cofounder Dolores Huerta,…

NYC Equal Pay Day Highlights Progress, ‘Embarrassing’ Realities
Education, Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, New York, Retail, topslot, Transportation

NYC Equal Pay Day Highlights Progress, ‘Embarrassing’ Realities

New York, NY – The successful conclusion of a years long legal battle charging the City of New York with discrimination against women of color working as administrative managers lent a triumphant air to the 13 Annual NYC Equal Pay Day action on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday. But the intolerable reality that…

Sen. Harris’ Plan to Close Teacher Salary Funding is Bold and Smart
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Sen. Harris’ Plan to Close Teacher Salary Funding is Bold and Smart

Washington, DC — “Sen. Harris’ plan is a bold, smart, strategic and decisive proposal that will help make teaching a respected profession by paying teachers a living wage, while incentivizing diversity and high-quality teacher preparation. It will help fund our future by delivering urgently needed help to communities wracked by decades of austerity and underinvestment. “For…

Kentucky Education Head Seeks Names of Teachers in Sickout
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Kentucky Education Head Seeks Names of Teachers in Sickout

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis has asked local school officials to turn over the names of teachers who called in sick on the days that sickouts forced them to close, according to email obtained by the Louisville Courier Journal. The sickouts, protesting pending state legislation to change the teachers’ pension plan and give parents…

How Sisters, Daughters, Girlfriends And Nieces Are Changing The Face Of The Building Trades In NYC
Building Trades, Education, headline, New York

How Sisters, Daughters, Girlfriends And Nieces Are Changing The Face Of The Building Trades In NYC

New York, NY — If you are at all interested in seeing the trade union movement build strength and expand diversity, the stubbornly single-digit figures reflecting the overall percentage of women presently working in the Building Trades still have some way to go before they start inspiring backflips in anyone. But there is another unofficial…

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