School Principals To Congress: Stand With Us!

April 17, 2015
By Diann Woodard President, American Federation of School Administrators

Washington, DC - After years of intensive advocacy by groups representing the nation’s principals, Congress is recognizing the need to dedicate funding specifically to support principal preparation and ongoing professional development.

California Lawsuit Challenges Teachers’ Union Dues

April 10, 2015
LaborPress Staff

In a lawsuit paid for by the charter-school advocates StudentsFirst, four California teachers are claiming that it’s unfair for them not to have a voice in union affairs because they’ve refused to become members. The four, who pay fees to cover collective-bargaining costs but not the 30-40% of dues that go to union political activities, are thus not eligible to vote in union elections or contract ratifications, and also can’t receive union disability and life-insurance benefits.

Principals’ Prez: Educators Are Unfairly Disrespected!

April 8, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—The president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators said in the accompanying video interview that educators around the country, including New York, are facing an increasing barrage of disrespect while those setting education policy go undetected. 

'Shots Ring Out In The Memphis Sky'

April 7, 2015
By Terry O'Sullivan, LIUNA General President


Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr. - champion of worker rights!

Washington, DC - On April 4, we marked a truly dark day in the history of our nation and our world. Forty-seven years ago, on April 4, 1968, a murderous act of violence took the life of one of the greatest prophets of our time, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Okla. Gov. Ends Teachers’ Union Dues Checkoff

April 7, 2015
By LaborPress

Following in the footsteps of Scott Walker, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill April 2 that prohibits local school districts from automatically deducting union dues from teachers’ paychecks. “This bill simply helps get the state out of the business of collecting union dues,” Fallin spokesperson Alex Weintz said in a statement.

NY Teachers Union Hits State Education Plan

April 7, 2015
By LaborPress

The New York State United Teachers was pleased last week that they had staved off the worst of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s education schemes, but they’re still dissatisfied with changes included in the state budget.

CSA President Pans Budget Agreement

April 1, 2015
By Stephanie West

CSA President Ernest Logan is denouncing the state budget agreement and proposed evaluation law that also includes an independent evaluation for teacher observations. 

It's Time For Cuomo To Change Course On Education

March 30, 2015
By Neal Tepel, LaborPress Editorial

New York, NY - New Yorkers clearly do not support Governor Cuomo's dictatorial approach to education policy. Nearly two-thirds of them have given the chief executive a failing grade on education, and his overall approval rating is at its lowest level ever.

Hedge-Funders Support Charter Schools to Avoid Taxes?

March 25, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—A reporter for The Nation answered in the affirmative, arguing in a recent investigative piece that Wall Street hedge-funders are bankrolling the foot soldiers for and expansion of charter schools because they don’t want to pay the taxes necessary for New York State to meet its constitutional obligation of funding equally its public schools. 

Adjuncts Oppose The New School’s Corporatization!

March 20, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—The president of the UAW local representing adjuncts at the New School rallied with a placard that let passerby know that The New School is a higher education institution, not a corporation. In the accompanying video, Emily Barnett explains why she and her colleagues were demonstrating the college.

NYSUT President Denounces Cuomo Plan as 'Drive-By' Evaluations

March 20, 2015
By LaborPress

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to have teachers judged by their pupils’ test scores and outside observers amounts to "a drive-by" evaluation system, New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee said March 16. Standardized tests can be useful, Magee told the Westchester Journal-News editorial board, but as diagnostic tools that show teachers what their current students know, or don't.

The New School Adjuncts Grade Their President “F”

March 17, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Adjuncts rallied on campus on Monday afternoon and unveiled a report card on The New School president’s performance and he failed miserably in every subject area. 

Worker Coops And Unions - Together Again

March 13, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Rafiah Vitalis and Omar Freilla.

Bronx, NY - Innovative worker cooperatives throughout the five boroughs have gotten a significant boost this year from both Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and a progressive City Council. Now, advocates for hungry worker-owned businesses hope that organized labor starts to embrace them equally as well. 

Rutgers’ Unions Rally For New Contract!

March 11, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

Newark, NJ—Hundreds of Rutgers University faculty, administrative staff and health care professionals rallied at the Rutgers-Newark campus on Tuesday afternoon to demand that the university’s administration stop stalling and tap into a large reserve to settle new contracts.

Why Tenure Matters

March 10, 2015
Cynthia DiBartolo, CEO, Tigress Financial Partners

In his 2015 State of the State address Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking about the challenges facing New York’s public schools, attacked teacher tenure, claiming that it protects ineffective educators from being fired.  To me this seemed like classic scapegoating, but to my surprise, many of my colleagues in the business community echoed similar views.

Fed Up Mayors: NYS Has Failed Kids For Too Long

March 10, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner are calling on the Empire State to finally meet its school funding obligations under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity [CFE] court decision, and to provide the necessary resources needed to implement critical reforms that could turn around struggling schools.

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