Excitement and Anxiety: The First Day of School

August 28, 2015
By AFT President Randi Weingarten

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing teachers posting pictures of their classrooms on Facebook, saying, “My classroom’s ready!” That takes me right back to my childhood, helping my mom prepare her classroom for the students in the waning days of August.

NYC School Construction Authority Snapshot

August 21, 2015
By Stephanie West

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) will continue to make substantial infrastructure investments over the next four years, according to its recently amended 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The Plan calls for $13.5 billion in new commitments and is approximately $2 billion larger than the 2010-2014 plan.

ACS, we demand you restore Young Minds Day Care Center

August 19, 2015
Laurie A. Cumbo, NYC Councilmember

When we fail to advocate on behalf of our children, we set them up for failure. When you uproot children from their communities and place them in unfamiliar surroundings, you remove their sense of identity and place them at a disadvantage.

NLRB Rules Teach for America Members Can Join Unions

August 10, 2015
By Steve Wishnia and Neal Tepel

The National Labor Relations Board ruled July 31 that Teach for America corps members have the right to join unions. The board held that 14 Teach for America members at the University Prep Schools network in Detroit should have been allowed to vote in an election last spring on whether to join the Michigan Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, part of the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan.

Cuomo Urged to Step Up For Higher Education

July 23, 2015
By Joe Maniscalco

Barbara Bowen.

New York, NY - Referencing his pivotal support in the Fight for $15, higher education advocates on Wednesday urged Governor Andrew Cuomo to be bold and back a measure strengthening the state's financial commitment to hard-pressed CUNY and SUNY schools throughout the system.  

The Murphy Institute Survives Bloomberg Era; Pursuing Autonomy within CUNY

July 22, 2015
By Marc Bussinch

New York, NY—As former Mayor Michael Bloomberg started his controversial third-term the Murphy Institute suddenly saw its budget slashed from $400,000 to zero. The institute’s labor advisory board painfully realized that its budget couldn’t be left to the political whims of a standing administration. After three decades of being a sub-unit of a sub-unit of the City University of New York, the Murphy Institute now hopes to be a freestanding unit within CUNY.

UAW Local 2110 Gains Election Agreement at Barnard College

July 22, 2015
By Stephanie West

New York, NY—Barnard College has signed an agreement with BCF-UAW Local 2110 allowing most non-tenure-track faculty to vote on whether to unionize in a mail ballot this September. The agreement followed a campaign in which a majority of contingent faculty signed BCF-UAW union cards and the union filed with the NLRB. Originally Barnard had contested the right of full and part-time faculty to be in the union together.

Little Grads, Big Dreams

July 17, 2015

Bronx, NY - On June 26 the Recreation center in St. James Park in the Bronx, was aglow with pride and big smiles. Four pre-k classes from the The Future of America Learning Center (FALC) in the Bronx were walking down the aisle to their next big year - kindergarten.

Issues with NYC Pre-K Program

July 13, 2015
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Thousands of young children in low-income neighborhoods are not benefiting from  Mayor Bill de Blasio's  “universal” pre-K program according to a recent study by the University of California, Berkeley. After reviewing current data, almost 19,000 young children in the poorest communities still remained outside the system.

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.

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