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New Middle School in East Elmhurst

September 27, 2016 
By Neal Tepel

East Elmhurst, NY-- A new middle school is finally planned in one of the most crowded neighborhoods in the city, 111th Street and Astoria Blvd. in East Elmhurst. The new school will provide 600 much needed seats for local families and the surrounding area of Corona, Queens.

Chicago Teachers Voting on Strike Authorization

September 23, 2016
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, Ill.—Chicago’s public school teachers began voting Sept. 21 on whether to authorize a strike. “It is imperative that you vote ‘yes,’” Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis wrote in a message to members, telling them, “We must make our power felt to compel the mayor to take our demands seriously.”

Christie Sues to Void Teachers’ Contracts 

September 21, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Trenton, NJ - Gov. Chris Christie on Sept. 15 asked the New Jersey Supreme Court to let the state break union contracts to make it easier to fire teachers and change work rules in poor districts it funds.

Detroit Teachers Voting on Six-Month Contract

September 14, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - Detroit Federation of Teachers members are voting this week on a proposed six-month contract with city schools. The deal, announced Sept. 5, would run from July 1 through Dec. 31.

Teachers Earn 17 Percent Less Than Others With College Degrees

September 13, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Washington, DC - Compared to others with college degrees, teachers are lagging behind in wages.Joanne Powers reports. Research from the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. on the ever-growing pay gap facing American teachers shows striking differences between women and men.

UFT blasts re-staffing of out-of-time schools

September 12, 2016 
By Linda Ocasio
New York Teacher Issue
Reprinted:
uft.org

New York, NY - The UFT sharply criticized state regulations that left the Department of Education little choice but to re-staff six schools that have been deemed “out of time” by the state because they failed to substantively improve after three or more years of intensive support.

'Trump-ism' Infects LIU During Lockout

September 10, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

AFT President Randi Weingarten denounces LIU lockout.

New York, NY - American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said on Friday that Long Island University’s decision to lock out Brooklyn Campus instructors during the first week of class smacks of “Trumpism,” — while angry students jeered university President Kimberly Cline for depriving them of the education they expected when enrolling. 

LaborPress 'Buzzes' Over the LIU Lockout and More!

September 9, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

IUOE Local 94 President Kuba Brown with Tom Hill of Boston Properties.

New York, NY - On this week’s episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. on AM970, we’ll find out why the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University has become a “colony in revolt” following the unprecedented post-Labor Day weekend lockout of the LIU faculty. Assembly Member Walter Mosley also returns with another Albany report, in which he tells us that developers who can’t afford to pay union standards and wages in New York, need to get out of the game. We’ll also get statistical proof from the U.S. government that union workers are, indeed, far better off than their non-union counterparts. And finally, we’ll look at the labor-management alliance that is directly responsible for making NYC’s iconic skyline possible. 

LIU Lockout Leaves Teachers on the Street

September 9, 2016  
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – Hundreds of protestors gathered on Wednesday, September 7, in front of the Long Island University campus on DeKalb and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn, while the big inflatable rat that has become a symbol of scab workers on the premises towered above them. 

The Late Joe Sweeny

September 8, 2016 
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Jamestown, New York, NY - Labor Day Weekend 2016 was the 37th annual celebration that honors Chautauqua County’s Workers, but this year was made even more special with the posthumous presentation of the prestigious George Ritzer Labor Award to the late Joe Sweeny (Pictured above/Photo Courtesy of the New York State United Teachers Union).

NYSUT, PSA reached an agreement

September 4, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY -  NYSUT and the Professional Staff Association, which represents 214 NYSUT employees, have reached an agreement.

Cleveland Teachers Strike Averted

September 4, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Cleveland, OH - After a 21-hour bargaining session that lasted until 5 a.m. on Aug. 30, the Cleveland Teachers Union reached a tentative contract agreement with the city school district, averting a strike scheduled to start Sept. 2.

Mexican Teachers Strike; Government Refuses to Negotiate

September 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Oaxaca, MEX - A strike by teachers in four states that began Aug. 22 has closed more than half the schools in Oaxaca and Chiapas, according to the National Coordination of Education Workers.

California Supreme Court Sustains Teacher Tenure

August 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Sacramento, CA - The California Supreme Court preserved tenure and seniority rights for the state’s teachers Aug. 22. By a 4–3 vote, it refused to review the lower-court decision in Vergara vs. California that held those protections constitutional.

City ELA test scores soar to surpass state

August 20, 2016 
By Suzanne Popadin
Reprinted:
 
uft.org 

New York, NY - Students in grades 3-8 in every school district in New York City improved on the state’s Common Core English Language Arts test in 2016, matching the performance of their peers in the rest of the state for the first time.

Teachers’ Pay Falls Behind Peers

August 17, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Pay and benefits for American public-school teachers have fallen significantly behind what other college graduates earn over the last 20 years 1994, says a report released by the Economic Policy Institute Aug. 9.



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