City Claims Over 50,000 FOR PRE-K

September 1, 2014
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - According to the New York City Mayors Office, 50,407 children have been enrolled for full-day pre-K programs. Last year, only 20,000 children received full-day pre-K. All summer long, teams of canvassers and enrollment specialists have worked to connect with families of 4-year-olds and assist them with finding the right programs for their children. Based on these latest figures, the City is on target to enroll 53,000 children in pre-K by the October 1st deadline for final registration.

NYSUT Defends Tenure as Safeguard for Students and Teachers

September 1, 2014
By Stephanie West

NYSUT's motion, filed in state Supreme Court in Albany August 29th, strikes back against the Partnership for Educational Justice, a group headed by former television host Campbell Brown with ties to Students' First, the Success Academy Charter School network and several Wall Street billionaires.

Shirley Newell: Fighting for What We Deserve

August 29, 2014

Trenton, NJ - For over 12 years Shirley has worked for the Trenton School District with children of all ages. When she describes what she does on a daily basis, it is always dependent on the time of day, the day of the week or the activities that are going on in the school.

NYC School Bus Safety Legislation Enacted

August 29, 2014
By Stephanie West

With just days remaining before New York City children return to school, Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law Int 449, legislation that would help to maintain an experienced and well-trained workforce in our City’s school bus industry. The bill’s passage and signing highlight the support that school bus drivers have received from the Administration and City Council.

Many UPK Programs Not Ready for School

August 28, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - The New York City Comptroller’s office has received only 141 of over 500 expected private contracts for Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) services. No private UPK class can open their doors without a complete, NYC Comptroller compliance review of the facility and program. To date over 70 percent of UPK contracts have not submitted requests for a Comptroller evaluation.

School Safety Agents Win Equality!

August 27, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

Brooklyn, NY—Schools safety agents with Teamsters Local 237 had a lot to celebrate here, three years after they filed a pay equity lawsuit and almost four years working under an expired labor contract.

Boston College Cafeteria Workers Join UNITEHERE

August 21, 2014
By Stephanie West

Boston, Massachusetts - After joining UNITE HERE Local 26, Food service workers at 3 Boston-area universities unanimously ratified their first Union contract. Workers in the dining halls at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (Colleges of Fenway) who are employed by Chartwells will receive substantial pay increases, lower-cost heath benefits, and numerous improvements to working conditions.

Fired Journalists Want Their Jobs Back at El Diario

August 20, 2014
By Marc Bussanich

New York, NY—At City Hall on Tuesday morning former El Diario staff demanded that El Diario rehire them after the company fired eight veteran journalists in the spring citing economic reasons. But the Newspaper Guild representing writers and editors said the company is trying to bust the union.

AFL-CIO Union Plus Awarded 116 Scholarships

August 15, 2014
By Stephanie West

The 2014 Union Plus Scholarship program has awarded 116 union members and union family members $150,000 in higher education scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000.

Mayor de Blasio Signs 'Avonte's Law'

August 15, 2014
Stephanie West

New York, NY — Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation in relation to door alarms on public school buildings. The legislation was introduced in response to the Avonte Oquendo tragedy, in which a 14-year-old autistic boy left school undetected.

Passing of Union Leader Betty Powell

August 11, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Betty Powell was the President of AFSCME Local 95 and became District Council 1707's longtime Treasurer. Ms. Powell was one of the original organizers of the nation’s first Head Start local in the nation.

NYS Stem Cell Education Grant

August 8, 2014
By Stephanie West

A grant of $14 million in funding is available to promote and support stem cell research in New York State. Stem cell science is widely viewed by experts as the key to understanding and treating many of the most devastating conditions worldwide.

Adjunct Professors Meet in NYC

August 7, 2014
By Stephanie West

New York, NY — A conference of adjunct faculty activists from Canada, Mexico and the U.S., took place August 4th through August 6th in NYC at CUNY’s John Jay College. “Twenty adjuncts and I share an office…Four times we’ve been evicted from similar digs…When I had no office I kept my papers in my car,” read Vicki Moss, poet and adjunct professor of English at Fashion Institute of Technology.

Transit Union Buys National Labor College

August 4, 2014
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - The Amalgamated Transit Union has purchased the 46-acre campus of the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Maryland for $31.4 million. ATU plans to move its headquarters there from Washington, D.C. The AFL-CIO affiliated college had financial difficulties and discontinued operations in May. The college celebrated its 16th and last annual commencement on Saturday April 26, 2014. ATU has almost 200,000 members across the U.S. and Canada.

Tenure is a Needed Safeguard for Teachers

July 30, 2013
By NYSUT President Karen E. Magee

New York State United Teachers President Karen E. Magee released the following statement in response to a lawsuit challenging due process rights for New York’s teachers:

To Fight for Public Schools is to Fight for Democracy

July 28, 2014
By Diane Ravitch, President, The Network for Public Education

When a small group of parents and educators formed the Network for Public Education in 2013, we had a singular goal: to mobilize the allies of public education against the powerful forces supporting privatization and high-stakes testing. To advance that goal, we hoped to create a force to counter the large amounts of money that were being dumped into state and local school board races to undermine public education, to demoralize teachers, and to promote an agenda of choice, testing, and sanctions.

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