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Illinois University Layoffs ‘Blindside’ Workers

April 28, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel 

Urbana, Illinois - The University of Illinois main campus announced April 18 that it has given administrators four weeks to name people who will be laid off before the fall semester if the state government can’t agree on funding.

Detroit Teachers Rally To Stabilize Detroit Public Schools

April 26, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Detroit, MI - Detroit American Federation of Teachers union members, parents and clergy and other labor leaders are rallying in Lansing Tuesday for "Schools Our Kids Deserve."

Teacher Tenure Victory in California

April 20, 2016
By Suzanne Popadin
Reprinted:
www.uft.org - NY Teacher

New York, NY - In a victory for unions nationwide, the California Court of Appeal on April 14 reversed a lower court decision that had thrown out tenure and seniority rights for the state’s public school teachers. The appeals court ruled that the state’s teacher tenure and seniority laws do not violate black and Latino students’ rights to an equal education under the state’s constitution.

CUNY Announces Strike Vote


April 19, 2016
By Stephanie West 

New York, NY — After more than five years without a contract and six years without a raise for its members, the union of faculty and professional staff at the City University announced a strike authorization vote on May 2 – May 11. Professional Staff Congress (PSC) President Barbara Bowen said the union is committed to resolving the contract and will not take any job action during the current academic year, but could take action in the fall if left with no alternative.

NYC School Construction Projects Soar

April 17, 2016
By Stephanie West 

New York, NY - Buoyed by construction projects at the collegiate level, and a spike in public school renovation projects, the value of construction starts by New York City schools reached $3 billion in 2015, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of construction data from Dodge Data & Analytics.

Minnesota Lawsuit Attacks Teacher Tenure

April 17, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

St Paul, Minn - Four mothers backed by national groups opposing teachers’ unions filed a lawsuit April 14 to end Minnesota’s tenure and seniority protections for teachers. The suit, filed by Partnership for Educational Justice, argues that “harmful teacher employment statutes” violate the state constitution’s guarantee of a “thorough and efficient” education.

Philadelphia Teachers Lambaste School ‘Turnaround’ Plans

April 16, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Philadelphia, PA - The city’s plans to “turn around” four schools by getting rid of all their teachers came under fire from the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers April 6.

AFL-CIO President Trumka Keynotes University Park Commencement

Aprtil 11, 2016
John Quinn, LaborPress USA 

University Park, PA - AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka will deliver the 2016 commencement address for the Penn State Dickinson School of Law May 14th.

Annual NYSUT convention in Rochester

April 8, 2016
By Jerry Levine, NYS LaborPress 

Rochester, NY - More than 2,000 union delegates from across the state will gather this week in Rochester to advocate for public education and defend the rights of workers as part of the 44thannual NYSUT Representative Assembly.

Chicago Teachers Shut Down Schools With One-Day Strike

April 7, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - More than 27,000 Chicago Public Schools teachers went on a one-day strike April 1 to protest stalled contract talks, school closures, and possible reductions in state funding. Classes were cancelled, and less than 2% of the city’s 400,000 pupils showed up at “contingency sites.

NYSUT: Budget Moves Public Education in Right Direction

April 4, 2016
By Jerry Levine, Albany LaboPress

Albany, NY-  April 1, 2016 — According to the New York State United Teachers, the  state education budget is moving public education in the right direction.

Chicago Charter Educators Join AFT Union

April 2, 2016
Reprinted: http://progressillinois.com


Chicago, Illinois - Teachers and staff at Passages Elementary Charter School in the Edgewater neighborhood voted to unionize Thursday March 31st, allowing the Chicago Alliance of Charter School Teachers and Staff (Chicago ACTS) to represent them.

Friedrichs Ruling a Win for Unions

April 2, 2016
By Linda Ocasio
Reprinted:
www.uft.org

New York, NY - Public-sector unions survived a serious threat on March 29 when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked over a challenge by conservatives to the fair-share fees that public-sector unions collect from non-members.

Sorry, But $15/Hr. Isn't 'Side Money' For College Students

March 29, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

Students are fighting for a $15/hr. minimum wage - and winning.

New York, NY - At 19, NYU sophomore Hannah Fullerton is exactly the kind of young person critics of a $15 an hour minimum wage like to accuse of not really needing more money. But here’s why they are wrong. 

Chicago Teachers Union April 1st Unfair Labor Practice Is On ,With Supporting Actions Citywide

March 27,  2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - An April Fool's Day unfair labor practice strike is on after the Chicago Teacher's Union House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to authorize the strike and Day of Action throughout Chicago.

UC Berkeley Agrees to Make Contract Workers Permanent

March 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia 

Berkeley, CA - The University of California at Berkeley announced Mar. 18 that it has agreed to offer full-time jobs to custodians and parking attendants now working for private contractors.



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