The Red Suitcase

July 2, 2015
By Alan B. Lubin

In June of 1993 I ran for office in my statewide union, The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), to fill an unexpired term created by a retirement. I was elected and began my service to our members in September of that year as NYSUT’s Vice President.

In Defense of Public Education

June 25, 2015
By Cynthia DiBartolo, 
Founder and CEO of Tigress Financial Partners

Hedge fund managers threaten public schools.

New York, NY - Public education is a right.  It is a guarantee that represents our government’s commitment to the ideal that all children deserve an education. It ratifies that our nation’s future prosperity, our children’s future, depends on the quality and integrity of this critical institution.  

Vermont Educators Throw Support to Sanders’ Candidacy

June 25, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

New York, NY—Following on the heels of the South Carolina AFL-CIO’s executive board resolution to support Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential candidacy, Vermont’s largest union of educators also announced their endorsement. 


College Calls ‘Remember the Haymarket Riot’ E-Mail a ‘Threat’

June 17, 2015
By LaborPress

Last May Day, a laid-off adjunct professor at a community college in the Chicago suburbs sent the faculty and its retiring president a mass e-mail reading, “Have a happy May Day when workers across the world celebrate their struggle for union rights, and remember the Haymarket Riot in Chicago.”

Supermajority of Barnard Contingent Faculty Seek Unionization with UAW

June 12, 2015
Reprinted with permission from the United Automobile Workers

New York, NY—With supermajority support, the union for nearly 200 Barnard College contingent faculty petitioned the National Labor Relations Board yesterday for a union election. In what organizers believe is the first campaign covering the entire contingent faculty at an Ivy League-affiliated college or university, an overwhelming majority of faculty across all contingent ranks and all academic divisions signed cards choosing Barnard Contingent Faculty-United Auto Workers Local 2110 to represent them in collective bargaining.

Bichotte Speaks Out Against Cuomo’s Education Tax Credit

June 11, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY  -  Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte [D-42nd District] is continuing her firm stance against Governor Cuomo’s “Parental Choice in Education Act.” According to Bichotte, the measure is actually a tax giveaway to wealthy donors that would divert funds from public schools and put it into the hands of millionaire investors.

Cuomo's Tuition Tax Credit Plan is a Dagger in the Heart of Public Education

June 2, 2015
By Alan Lubin - Founder of BALCONY
(the Business and Labor Coalition of New York)

"Cuomo's tuition tax credit plan is a dagger in the heart of public education. As a coalition, BALCONY believes it is critical to support our public schools."  Governor Cuomo's proposed education tax credit (the so-called Parental Choice in Education Act) is a threat to the future of public education in New York.

Fight to Keep Community Day Care Centers Open

June 1, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - On May 28th a New York City Council delegation held a demonstration  at City Hall to protest the closing of fourteen City day care centers. The City continues to disregard an outstanding service the daycare centers provide to children and communities.

Newark Students Protest Superintendent’s School Policy

May 24, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

Newark, NJ—Thousands of students walked out of school in the latest protest against Superintendent Cami Anderson and the district’s plans to designate an additional eight schools as “turnaround” schools in the next school year.

Nurses Escorted from Work for Speaking Up

May 11, 2015
By Marc Bussanich 

Bronx, NY—On the last day of National Nurses Week nurses the New York State Nurses Association held a press conference outside the Montefiore Weiler Hospital because just one day before they were escorted from the premises for speaking up about safe staffing levels. 

Cuomo Villain at NYSUT Convention

May 5, 2015
By LaborPress

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was the target of almost every criticism made at the New York State United Teachers convention in Buffalo last weekend. NYSUT President Karen Magee joked May 1 that the governor was “the greatest union organizer in modern New York state history,” while United University Professions President Fred Kowal led a rally at City Hall in chanting “Wrong and gone!”

Mayor Leaves Some Pre-K Parents Hanging

April 28, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Thousand of parents prefer that their children attend half-day Universal Pre-K schooling in non-profit centers. Half-day community based UPK programs have historically been a viable option for many parents and children. Community non-profit schools and religious institutions have city contracts that are expiring at the end of this school year. But these centers that educate young children will not be able to continue providing  services without city approval.

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.

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