Education

College Savings Program Upgraded
Education, Features, New York

College Savings Program Upgraded

New York’s 529 College Savings Program will now offer more investment options, lower costs, raise the maximum allowable balance and eliminate the $25 minimum contribution. “Now’s the time to take advantage of the improvements we’re making to New York’s 529 College Savings Program,” said State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.  “We’re making it easier for New Yorkers…

The dangers of A Constitutional Convention
Education, New York

The dangers of A Constitutional Convention

New Yorkers entering the voting booth on Nov. 7 will face a choice on the back of their ballots: whether or not to allow a costly and open-ended state constitutional convention to rewrite the state’s highest law, putting public-employee pensions and other cherished rights and benefits at risk. “In an off-year election, this ballot question…

Unions are Essential for Working People

Education, Health and Safety, New York

Unions are Essential for Working People


Labor Day isn’t just about cookouts and mattress sales, it’s about American workers—like you, your colleagues and me—who serve our communities every day, who make up the middle class, and who just want a chance at the American dream. We’re living in a time of great anxiety. Just last month, the violence in Charlottesville, Va.,…

DOE Violated Contracted Rules
Education, Features, New York

DOE Violated Contracted Rules

New York, NY — A recent investigation by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer found that the City’s Department of Education (DOE) routinely violates its own contracting rules and internal procedures in awarding non-competitive contracts.

DC 1707 Endorses  Bill de Blasio for Mayor
Education, New York

DC 1707 Endorses Bill de Blasio for Mayor

August 12, 2017  By Stephanie West New York, NY –  AFSCME District Council 1707 endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio for a second term at the Medgar Evers Head Start Center in East New York.  The Mayor has fulfilled campaign promises to expand community-based child care in the five boroughs.  While the gains have not repaired…

Puerto Rico Teachers Join AFT
Education, National, New York

Puerto Rico Teachers Join AFT

August 11, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel San Juan, PR -Vowing to “fight against austerity and privatization,” Puerto Rico’s teachers union signed an agreement Aug. 3 to join the American Federation of Teachers for a three-year trial affiliation. The Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, which represents the island’s 40,000 teachers, has been…

AFT Urges Saudi Arabia to Not Behead Student
Education, Features, New York

AFT Urges Saudi Arabia to Not Behead Student

  July 20, 2017  By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel Kalamazoo, MI – The American Federation of Teachers has joined the chorus urging Saudi Arabia not to behead a U.S.-bound student arrested for participating in a protest in 2012. Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, according to the AFT and the British human-rights group Reprieve, was one of 14…

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