NYC Pre-K Enrolls 53,230 Children

November 13, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY — New York City has successfully enrolled 53,230 children in full-day pre-K during this school year. Children are attending programs in 1,700 sites. These include public schools and community-based early childhood centers in neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Over 6,000 educators have been hired and are participating in the city’s first-ever Citywide Professional Development Training for pre-K instructors.

Boston University and 32BJ Reach Agreement

November 4, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Boston, Mass. - SEIU 32BJ District 615 reached an agreement with Boston University. That contract will include a 10 percent raise over four years and affordable healthcare benefits. The agreement will cover almost 800 custodians, mailroom operators, groundskeepers and skilled trades in 300 facilities throughout the Boston University campus.

Reaction to Cuomo's Statements on Public Schools

October 31, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - The Alliance for Quality Education along with leading community and educational leaders have reacted to recent statements by Governor Cuomo regarding public education - particularly his vow to break the public schools “public monopolies” and replace them with more privately-run charter schools.

Organized Labor Hopes to Grow by Helping Immigrants Gain Citizenship

October 29, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Jersey City, NJ—The New Jersey chapter of the AFL-CIO, along with New Jersey elected officials, debut the state’s first labor-led immigration support center that will help Hudson County’s 93,000 legal immigrants obtain legal citizenship.

NYSUT Chief Tees Off For Teacher Tenure

October 23, 2014
LaborPress Editorial
By Joe Maniscalco

Karen Magee, David Pollak and Lou Gordon.

New York, NY - NYSUT President Karen Magee registered the longest drive of the day while striking a blow for teacher tenure at the Business and Labor Coalition of New York’s annual golf outing recently held at the New York Country Club in New Hempstead.

Major Change For NYC School Kids?

October 23, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Will Generation Next be wearing school uniforms?

Bronx, NY - Councilman Andy King [D-12th District] thinks New York City school kids should be required to wear uniforms to class, and he’s betting that he has enough support at both the city and state levels to make it happen. 

NYU Underpays the Graduates

October 23, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—New York University recently won a favorable court decision to rebuild its Washington Square campus for $6 billion, but it doesn’t want to pay its graduate employees over at the Polytechnic campus in Brooklyn a living wage.

CUNY Profs March for New Contract

October 22, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—CUNY professors have been teaching and researching without a contract since October 2010. That’s why they rallied on Tuesday night at the Community Church of New York on East 35th Street before marching past Governor Andrew Cuomo’s offices on Third Avenue and concluding at CUNY’s Welcome Center on 42nd Street.

School Parent Coordinator Shot

October 14. 2014
By Neal Tepel

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, 61 year-old Judith Daniels, a New York City Department of Education parent coordinator from P.S. 81 in Brooklyn and member of DC 37 Local 372, was shot three times.  Ms. Daniels was in the process of escorting parents and students to attend a New York City Department of Education Town Hall Meeting held by Chancellor Carmen Farina.  The accused shooter, Cush Wright-El also shot two other innocent bystanders. This shooting occurred around 5:30 pm, near the school. 

LaborPress and EmblemHealth Honor Union Members

October 10, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—On Thursday evening, October 2, 2014 EmblemHealth and LaborPress presented awards to 12 union member honorees for their incredible contributions to New York City. This was the third annual heroes of labor awards ceremony, and for the first time they presented a special tribute award to honor the legacy of a late union president.

NYSUT to Intervene in Tenure Challenge

October 8, 2014
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo has allowed the New York State United Teachers’ to intervene in defending the right to tenure. The motion - filed on behalf of seven individual teachers and the statewide union - now provides teachers with the opportunity to aggressively defend the state's tenure law, which for more than a century has allowed New York's educators to effectively advocate for students and protected good teachers from arbitrary firing. Equally important, it gives school teachers a real voice in answering this specious attack on public education.

Time Bargains with Newspaper Guild without Give-and-Take

October 3, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—Negotiations with Time Inc. and The Newspaper Guild began in earnest in January but still the two sides haven’t reached an agreement because the company rejects outright any counter proposal the union makes.

Charter Schools Don’t Need an Ad Campaign: They Need Regulation

September 29, 2014
By Jeff Bryant Reprinted: AFTNJ

Newark, N.J. - This time of year, while classroom teachers and administrators in public schools are busy welcoming students back to a new school year and figuring out how they’re going to cope with devastating financial constraints, advocates in the charter schools industry are propping up their image with an extensive new public relations campaign called “Truth About Charters.”

NYC Higher Education Boom

September 18, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - New York City’s 105 colleges and universities will invest nearly $10 billion on campus construction and facilities upgrades over a five-year period, according to NYC EDU: Building a 21st Century College Town, a new report from the New York Building Congress.

After-School Expansion in NYC

September 15, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — New York City has now launched the largest ever expansion of after-school programs for the city's school children K-12.  The number of seats has nearly doubled to more than 71,000, and with the addition of the Department of Education, District 75 and non-public school sites over the coming months, the total number will exceed 78,000 during the course of the school year. Applications for City-funded middle school and elementary Level after-school programs are ongoing and available at

ED Contractor Convicted of Fraud

September 10, 2014
By Stephanie West

The former owner of a Queens-based special education provider, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges earlier this year following a joint investigation by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara, was sentenced  to 24 months incarceration and ordered to pay $2,151,318 in restitution and forfeit another $1,924,318.

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