New Orleans Charter-School Teachers Nix Union—In Secret Vote Count

May 23, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Orleans, LA -  With reporters barred from watching the ballots being counted, teachers at the Lusher Charter School in New Orleans on May 17 voted against being represented by a union.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Rule on Cancellation of Teachers’ Contract

May 19, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments May 11 over whether the Philadelphia School Reform Commission could legally cancel city teachers’ union contract.

State Appeals Court Rejects Teachers’ Property-Tax Challenge

May 13, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - A New York State appeals court on May 5 upheld the dismissal of the New York State United Teachers’ attempt to strike down the state’s cap on local property-tax increases.

Adjunct Professors Make Little More Than Minimum Wage

May 12, 2016
By Kenneth Quinnell

Washington, DC - If you spend much time talking to adjunct professors across the United States, you start to realize that it sounds a lot like what fast food workers fighting for better wages and working conditions are saying.

L.A. Schools Lose Half A Billion Dollars To Charter Schools

May 12, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA - A new report from MGT of America shows Los Angeles public schools have lost more than $591 million this year alone.

University Of Buffalo

May 12, 2016 Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Amherst, NY - Full-Time Faculty and University at Buffalo Adjuncts rallied late last week on the university’s suburban campus to protest unfair University Labor Policies, which they say depend on temporary or contingent labor.

Michigan House Passes Bill to Void Detroit Teachers’ Contracts

May 12, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - The Michigan state House passed a package of bills May 5 that would create a new Detroit school district and void teachers’ union contracts with the old one.

Chicago Teachers Union Urges Mayor To Implement Its Revenue Recovery Package

May 11, 2016
By Doug Cunningham 
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - The Chicago teachers Union says it has a $502 million Chicago Public Schools revenue recovery package that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council should implement. CTU's Jackson Potter

The ‘Continued Resurgence’ Of Organized Labor

May 10, 2016 Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - Now that the dust has settled after an extremely high-profile Buffalo School Board Election, it is abundantly clear the role Organized Labor played, which ultimately worked to shift power to a new majority that was backed by the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF), the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Union and the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF).

Chicago Teachers Say New Strike Unlikely

May 10, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union said May 4 that it's not likely to go on strike again during this school year—unless the city school system unilaterally decides to cut off its contribution to their pensions and dump the cost on teachers.

Detroit Schools Promise to Pay Teachers

May 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroitt, MI - After a two-day sickout closed Detroit public schools, teachers returned to work May 4 when state-appointed emergency manager Steven Rhodes promised in writing that they would be paid for the full year.

Failing Our Children

May 6, 2016
By NYC Public Advocate Letitia James

New York, NY - On May 3rd, the City's Department of Investigation (DOI) released an alarming report about the current state of our City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS) - a systemic issue my office has been raising for months. 

Pearson Stockholders Nix Teachers-Union Resolution

May 6, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

London, UK - Stockhdolders at Pearson LLC, the world’s largest education company, voted down a resolution sponsored by American and British teachers unions at their annual meeting April 29.

Detroit Teacher Sickout Closes Public Schools

May  5, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Detroit, MI -A Detroit teacher "sickout" Monday closed 94 of the city's 97 public schools.

Buffalo School Board Election

May 2, 2016
By Publisher Tom Campbell

Buffalo, NY - Expressing their anger and pledging to do all they can for Buffalo’s Public School students - as well as defeating those who want to privatize the school system and profit from it, Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)-represented Members were joined by a host of Union Representatives, community leaders and a bevy of Buffalo Public School Board candidates and elected officials on Saturday (April 30th) during a rally that was held in Downtown Buffalo to bring all concerned parties together in solidarity under the rallying cry of “Buffalo Students Deserve Better!”

Teachers Unionizing Amid Deteriorating Conditions At California's Largest Online Charter School

May 1, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA - Teachers organizing a California Teachers Association/National Education Association affiliated union at California's largest online charter school says the school has issues that need to be fixed.

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