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$33 million in Back Pay Going to UFT Members  

December 7, 2016 
By Dorthy Callaci

Reprinted: New York Teacher

New York, NY - The Department of Education on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the Department of Education’s Special Education Student Information System.

AFT : Betsy Devos Wants To De-Fund Public Education

December 7, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

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Washington, DC - [Randi Weingarten]: "The nominee for the Secretary of Education slot is the most ideological and anti-public education nominee that any party has ever selected.

IDC's Legislation Enacting Letter Grades For School Cafeterias

December 4, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The  Independent Democratic Conference to Introduce Legislation to Create a Grading System for School Cafeterias -  Senators Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn), and Senator-elect Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan).

Racial Wage Gap Regresses to 1950 Levels

December 1, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Durham, NC - Black men’s incomes have gone back to the back of the bus, according to study released in late November by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

The Real Purpose behind the Charter School Movement & the Ethical Opposition!

November 23, 2016 
By Barbara McClung and Lauren Phillips

As charter schools expand and seek to gain more ground, so has the opposition to that movement been increasing throughout the country.

School Unions Urge Mayor to Give All Students Free Lunch

November 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York, NY - There is such a thing as a free lunch, New York City’s education unions contend—and they say it wouldn’t cost that much to give one to all public-school students.

WNYLaborToday.com Reports From Hawaii

November 18, 2016  
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

West Oahu, HI -  Walking through the archives of the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR), which is housed at the University of Hawaii (UH) in West Oahu, one gets drawn in to the many reminders of the battles conducted by Organized Labor in the past – some so vivid and riveting that you cannot leave without having them make a deep impression of what those Hawaii Workers who came before, fought for, so future generations could benefit.

Ed Funding Collection Notices to Governor

November 14, 2016  
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  Today,  parents, teachers and community members walked to Governor Cuomo’s regional office in New York City to deliver a package of invoices for education funding that advocates say is 10 years overdue to local schools.

New York State Funds Pre - K

November 13, 2016  
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - A special New York State funding program aims to support the expansion of pre-k as part of the State’s ongoing efforts to promote early education. The project specifically targets high-need districts.  More than 1,500 three-year-old students across New York will benefit from this grant.

Peter Quinn Appointed DOE Chief Information Officer

November 10, 2016   
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY – Peter Quinn has been appointed Chief Information Officer for the Department of Education (DOE) .

Harvard Food Strike Ends as Workers OK Contract

October 31, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cambridge, MA - The three-week strike by dining-hall workers at Harvard University ended Oct. 27, the morning after they voted 583-1 to ratify a five-year contract.

Harvard Strikers: University Trying To Crush American Working People

October 27, 2016  
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
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Hartford, CT - For Aaron Duckett and the 750 striking Harvard Dining Hall workers their struggle is not only for better wages but a battle against forces trying to crush America's working class.

Connecticut State Attorneys Vote to Join AFT

October 27, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Hartford, CO - Connecticut’s 179 assistant attorneys general have voted by a nearly 2-to-1 margin to join the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut. The results were announced Oct. 18.

CTA: Trump Is Result Of GOP Putting Party Over Country

October 26, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, California - Teacher's Association President Eric Heins says educators are with Secretary Clinton for President because she has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to kids and education.

Pennsylvania Professors’ Strike Ends

October 26, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - The strike by more than 5,000 professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities ended after three days Oct. 21, when their union reached a tentative agreement with the State System of Higher Education.

Pennsylvania State-University Professors Go on Strike

October 21, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Pennsylvania, PA - Faculty members at the 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education went out of strike at 5 a.m. Oct. 19, eight hours after state negotiators issued a “last, best offer.”



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