Closing Schools Do Not Lead to Improved Student Performance

November 25, 2015
By CSA President Ernest Logan

New York, NY – Council of School Supervisors & Administrators President Ernest Logan issued comments on the release of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools report, “High School Closures in New York City:”"CSA takes the Research Alliance study at its word that it “cannot identify the precise mechanisms that explain closures impact or lack thereof.”

Public Sector Unions Under Attack

November 19, 2015
By Norine Gall

Perth Amboy, N.J. - When unions are under attack, I think of my 31 years as an elementary school teacher in Perth Amboy and my two sons—a firefighter in Perth Amboy and a Monmouth County corrections officer. Both my sons put their lives on the line every day and depend on union brothers and sisters (mostly brothers) to protect one another.

Pennsylvania Teachers Strike Continues

November 18, 2015
By  Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

A teachers strike that began Oct. 28 in a small city outside Pittsburgh will continue at least through Thanksgiving. The 285 teachers in Peters Township have been working without a contract since Aug 31,

Home Care Wage Battle Heats Up in California

November 12, 2015
By Mary Kate Nelson


Los Angeles, California - Home care workers in the nation’s most populous state will receive overtime pay in early 2016 — and, if a proposed ballot initiative succeeds, a $15-per-hour minimum wage.

Teacher Union Day - 7 Schools in Action Honored

November 11, 2015
By Cara Metz


New York, NY - “We are celebrating the amazing activism that speaks to the spirit of the 1960 strike, of groups of people who came together to fight for what we need,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in announcing new School in Action awards at this year’s Teacher Union Day.

PSC-CUNY Members Brave Mass Arrest!

November 5, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

PSC-CUNY members prepare for arrest on Wednesday.

New York, NY - Dozens of CUNY faculty and staff working without a contract for the last five years and fed up with chronic underfunding, subjected themselves to massive arrest this week when they blocked the East 42nd Street entrances to CUNY Central late Wednesday afternoon. 

"We Want Equitable Treatment for Our Kids." Says Nassau County Comptroller

November 2 , 2015
By Bob Levine

Mineola, N.Y. - According to Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, New York State spent $340 million dollars on pre-K and $300 million of those funds went to the city. This year New York City is getting 42 times as much funding as Nassau County. Maragos is accusing the Governor of shortchanging pre-kindergarten outside of New York City.

LP Radio Week 2: Looming Strikes And Workers Paying The Price

October 29, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

Neal Tepel and Barbara Bowen take a break from this week's serious talk.

New York, NY - Week two of LaborPress’ all-new Radio Show/Podcast finds PSC-CUNY President Barbara Bowen in the studio for a very frank discussion about the union’s upcoming strike authorization vote and the reasons why hard-pressed educators are seriously contemplating walking off the job.

Charter Advocates Are Top Spenders for Lobbying in NYS

October 22, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The top spending for lobbying activities include those pushing for more charter and non-public schools. The fight over the future of public education in New York State is a battle that will continue in 2016.

Here's What's Driving College Professors To Strike

October 21, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

College professors on both coasts are gearing up to strike.

New York, NY - This week, public university faculty on both coasts are seriously contemplating devastating strike actions — and the increasing “de-professionalization” of higher learning is driving them to it. 

Appeals Court Nixes Pay for College Athletes

October 8, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The National Collegiate Athletic Association may prohibit colleges from paying athletes a share of they money they gain from using the players’ images, a federal court ruled Sept. 30. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals voided a lower-court judge’s proposal that the NCAA let colleges pay players up to $5,000 a year in deferred compensation for revenue gained from televised games, video games that use the players’ likenesses, and the sales of jerseys with players’ names on them.

CUNY Unions to Chancellor: Wake Up, We Need a Contract!

October 2, 2015
By Steven Wishnia

Close to 1,000 City University of New York faculty and staff packed the street outside chancellor James Milliken’s Upper East Side apartment at 8 in the morning Oct. 1, demanding that he push the state for funds to give them their first raise in six years.

Charter School Set-Aside for Insiders Draws Fire

October 1, 2015
By Linda Ocasio

New York, NY - “Charter operators can’t publicly claim they are squeezed for space and then behind closed doors bargain for a nepotism provision that allows their children to jump the line,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew at a press conference on City Hall steps.

PSC To Deliver 'Wake Up Call' To Snoozing CUNY Chancellor

September 30, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco 

Stagnant salaries are threatening CUNY students, according to the PSC.

New York, NY - The union representing City University of New York faculty and staff is about to make good on its promise to turn up the heat on Chancellor James Milliken — and they say the push for a fair contract is as much about the kind of learning experience CUNY students have been getting as it is about standing up for members’ rights. 

Charter School Ads are a Disgrace

September 30, 2015 
By Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte

Brooklyn, NY - The recent commercial and open letter to the Mayor by for-profit charter school leaders using Black and Latino children and their families as political pawns is a disgrace and is in itself racist. They continually use this tactic to pit parents of color against each other to disparage the Mayor and our public district schools.

AFT Report Finds Black Teachers Leaving Profession

September 23, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The number of Afro-American teachers in nine major cities declined sharply between 2002 and 2012, according to a report released Sept. 17 by the American Federation of Teachers’ Albert Shanker Institute.

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