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School-Repair Workers Win $400G Back Pay

July 22, 2014
By Steven Wishnia

New York—In what the city comptroller’s office says is the largest individual settlement it has ever awarded, a Long Island-based contractor has agreed to pay almost $400,000 to two school-repair workers it paid less than half of the prevailing wage.

St. Paul Union Head Voted AFT VP

July 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - Mary Cathryn Ricker, president of the St. Paul teachers union representing 3,300 educators, was voted executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers. The election took place at the AFT national convention in Los Angeles on Monday July 14, 2014. Ricker will serve with AFT President Randi Weingarten, and Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson in the top ranks of the national organization in Washington D.C.

AFSCME Organizes Central Michigan University Workers

July 17, 2014
By Stephanie West


AFSCME Local 1568 has unionized maintenance employees at Central Michigan University. Local 1568 now represents the university’s 188 service maintenance employees. On-campus custodial staff, groundskeepers, skilled trades and warehouse workers are now members of this AFSCME local.

Applying for Pre-K in a CBO

July 4, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY - Parents can still apply for a pre-kindergarten program for eligible young children by contacting a local community based organization.

Hempstead LI Teachers Protest Cuts

July 3, 2014
By Beth Borzone

Hempstead, NY – June 24 - Approximately 200 teachers and community members rallied on Peninsula Boulevard outside a Hempstead School District building to protest the sudden decision by the Hempstead Board of Education to cut 47 teachers.   Teachers and community members were skeptical of Board claims that there is not enough money and were angry that they were locked out of a Board of Education meeting where they hoped to express their concerns about the board’s decision.

Newark Clergy Say Re-Hiring of Cami Anderson is Union Busting

July 1, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Newark, NJ—Newark Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson’s contract was renewed by state officials on Friday, prompting ministers, parents and community leaders to rally outside City Hall calling for her resignation. One Newark clergyman said that the re-hiring by the state amounts to union busting.

Procedures Help NY Families of Students with Disabilities

June 25, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, New York  — Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have announced a package of administrative changes that make the process easier and less contentious for parents who are entitled to reimbursement of tuition for their child’s special education program.

APWU: For Students to Win, Teachers Don’t Have to Lose

June 23, 2014
By Neal Tepel


Washington, DC - Referring to the June 10 ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu that teacher tenure and layoffs by seniority in the state are unconstitutional, AFT President Randi Weingarten sent this email message to union members and supporters. “While teachers led their classrooms, a judge in a Los Angeles courtroom said that for students to win, teachers have to lose,” wrote Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, in an email message to union members and supporters this week.

Can Labor Create a Media Network to Rival Fox News?

June 20, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

 

New York, NY—The president of the AFL-CIO, Rich Trumka, was in town last week at The Worker Institute where he said labor would love to have a massive media network that rivals the influence of Fox News on working Americans.

Mulgrew: Different Admissions Process Needed for Specialized High Schools

June 18, 2014
By Stephanie West


New York, NY - UFT President Michael Mulgrew has come out for support of NYS legislation that mandates the use of multiple academic measures to evaluate student applicants applying to specialized schools such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. Presently a single multiple-choice test determines admittance.

NJ Coalition Launches Earned Sick Days Campaign

June 17, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Trenton, NJ—A coalition of unions, politicians and national organizations kicked off a campaign to win earn sick days for many of New Jersey’s lowest-paid workers.  

At the press conference near the statehouse Senator Loretta Weinberg told the media that New Jersey’s economy is not doing as well as compared to its neighbors as she criticized some of Governor Chris Christie’s economic policies.

Is Due Process Unconstitutional in California?

June 17, 2014
By AFT President Randi Weingarten


On Tuesday morning, teachers across California got up, went to their schools and dedicated their day to helping students learn and grow. While teachers led their classrooms, a judge in a Los Angeles courtroom said that for students to win, teachers have to lose.

NYSUT and NYS Governor Discuss Teacher Evaluations

June 16, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, NY - There is a NYSUT supported bill being negotiated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s teachers union. The legislation will change the state’s teacher evaluation law and both Democrats and Republicans want to address this issue.

NYS Funding Increase for Special ED

June 13, 2014
By Stephanie West


Albany, NY - Special education providers will now receive a 3.8 percent increase in reimbursement rates. Schools benefitting from this increase serve students with diverse and complex needs who have not been able to succeed in traditional education settings. Students at these schools face circumstances such as trauma, mental health issues, substance abuse, emotional or physical disabilities, or involvement with the juvenile justice, social service or child welfare system.

Councilmen and Rich Trumka to Scott Walker: ‘Get Lost!’

June 9, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is coming to New York on Monday to help Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino raise money to take on Governor Andrew Cuomo in the fall. Two New York City Councilmen and AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, said they’re looking forward to Walker’s visit so they can tell him to get lost.. WATCH VIDEO INTERVIEW

Keep Corporations Out of Educational Testing

June 9, 2014
By NYS Senator Terry Gipson


I stood with educators from across Dutchess and Putnam counties in front of the Arlington Teachers' Association to announce a legislative initiative that would end the State Education Department’s reliance on Pearson, a for-profit foreign-based corporation, for student testing and teacher certification.

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