Teachers Approve First Contract with Kaplan

Teachers approve the first-ever contract with Kaplan.

April 18, 2014
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—After nearly two years when about 100 teachers working at Kaplan decided to join The Newspaper Guild of New York in June 2012, they voted to approve the first-ever contract with the for-profit education company on Thursday, April 16. Video

City Council Questions Again Queens Library Prez

Presidents of the city's three library systems before the City Council.

March 12, 2014
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Thomas Galante appeared before the City Council again to testify about the library’s needs during a hearing on the mayor’s preliminary budget. Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley asked Galante if the library has hired a public relations firm to burnish the library’s image using taxpayer dollars. Galante responded no. Video

Newark Teachers Endorse Ras Baraka for Mayor

March 11, 2014Ras Baraka picks up Newark Teachers Union endorsement.
By Marc Bussanich 

Newark, NJ—Ras Baraka won the endorsement of the Newark Teachers Union on Monday, March 10 to become Newark’s next mayor. Just as Bill de Blasio faces the challenge of charter school expansion in New York, so does Mr. Baraka as the school district’s superintendent, Cami Anderson, seeks to close public schools in favor of expanding charter schools. Video

Networking Is The Name Of The Game At Annual Conference

March 3, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Barbara McCabe (r) enjoys talking with one of this year's participants.

Hollywood, FL - International delegates, fund managers, trustees and others eager to take advantage of the exciting networking opportunities and support that the National Labor & Management Conference has offered for close to 40 years now - once again convened at the Westin Diplomat  Resort and Spa from February 14-18. 

City Council to Queens Library CEO: ‘Your Salary is Excessive!’

February 6, 2014Queens Library CEO says his $400,000 salary is fair.
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—City Council members told Thomas Galante, the Queens Library CEO, that his salary of nearly $400,000 is too excessive. Some City Council members said they might introduce legislation meant to expand the Library’s board to include a City Council representative as a means to rein in the high salary and perks. Watch Video of Galante before the City Council

Labor Department gets $150 million to Help Long-Term Unemployed

February 5, 2014Labor Secretary Thomas Perez (c.) says biggest remaining challenge is reducing long-term unemployment rate.
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—The Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, said in an interview after meeting with minimum wage workers recently that reducing the long-term unemployment rate is a vexing problem. The Obama administration recently announced $150 million in competitive grants to help state and local entities place the long-term unemployed in jobs. Watch Video Interview

On Broadway: Union Synchronicity!

January 29, 2014
By Joe Maniscalco

Broadway is teaching Union Leadership Institute students about cooperation.

New York, NY - With suspended props, moving scenery and revolving parts, the incredibly cramped spaces backstage at Broadway theaters are always chaotic and even dangerous - they also hapen to epitomize the synchronistic relationship that can exist between different locals.

"Minimum Wage Critics' Hypocritical Obsession with Unemployment"

January 27, 2014
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

Since the beginning of the New Year, a couple of states have raised their minimum wages and President Obama plans to call for an increase to $10.10 an hour. Additionally, the Democratic Party plans to incorporate the minimum wage into its 2014 midterm election platform. Of course, the critics are already out with the standard bromides that it will lead to lower employment, and that it is particularly a bad idea in a weak economy. And yet, when the Fed announces an action that could also lead to unemployment, all of a sudden there is silence.

PSC Looks Forward to Working with the New Chancellor

January 16, 2014
Dr. Barbara Bowen, Professional Staff Congress President

New York, NY — The PSC welcomes the new chancellor and will work to build a productive relationship with the incoming chancellor in order to address the urgent needs of CUNY faculty, staff and students.  This is a moment of national crisis in public higher education, brought on by massive cuts in state funding, and the crisis has hit CUNY particularly hard. 

Why Inequality Matters

January 14, 2014
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

During the recent mayoral race in New York City, Mayor Elect DeBlasio made an issue out of income inequality. For market purists, this is no doubt a red herring used to justify redistribution. A free market where individuals enjoy equal opportunity means that they can make their own choices. As such, those who end up with more obviously made the right choices. Moreover, they worked hard for whatever they acquired.

Child Carers and Unions Explore Strategy for More Pre-K

December 24, 2013Panelists at The Worker Institute
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Childcare researchers, activists and unionized childcare workers from New York and Canada discussed ways last week on how they can work with parents and communities to expand access to affordable childcare and ensure childcare workers earn a decent living in the childcare sector. Watch Video of discussions 

Storing Student Data Needs Caution

December 23, 2013
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - The utilization of InBloom to store student data is a concern to many. This cloud storing of student information serves as a dangerous precedent in how we handle school information in the internet age. Caution is certainly warranted.

UPKNYC Coalition Launched

December 20, 2013
By Stephanie West

New York, NY – A broad coalition of prominent New Yorkers and business, civic, non-profit, clergy, and academic leaders launched UPKNYC: The Campaign's goal is to fund high-quality pre-kindergarten for all four-year-olds and after-school programs for all middle school students in New York City who need them.

Governor Cuomo's Tax Giveaways will Hurt School Children

December 19, 2013
By Billy Easton, Executive Director of the Alliance for Quality Education

 The Governor’s plan for $2 billion in election-year tax cuts and giveaways shows just how out of touch he is with the needs of New York State. Under his reign, New York’s schools have suffered some of the worst classroom cuts, leaving many schools on the verge of financial and educational insolvency.

"Talking Points Don't Create Jobs"

December 16, 2013
By Oren M. Levin-Waldman, Ph.D.

The unemployment rate in December fell to 7.0 percent, but that figure is misleading. The jobless rate is most likely higher because the official definition of unemployment does not take into account those who have either given up and stopped looking or those who haven’t filed an unemployment insurance claim in a prior four-week period because they exhausted their unemployment benefits. With the proposed budget deal negotiated between Senate Democratic and House Republican budget leaders, we can expect even lower official unemployment.

NYU Grad Students Vote to Rejoin UAW

December 13, 2013
By Steven Wishnia

By a margin of 620 to 10, graduate-student employees at New York University voted to rejoin the United Auto Workers Dec. 10-11.

The vote brings 1,247 graduate, teaching, and some research assistants at both NYU and the Polytechnic Institute of NYU into the union. It makes NYU the only private university in the U.S. where graduate employees have collective-bargaining rights, the UAW said in a statement. It caps a 15-year struggle to gain union representation—and an eight-year struggle to regain it.

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