NYS Funding More Smart Schools

August 5, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - New York State's commitment to education has included funding 30 Smart Schools with a cost of $39 million. The project is covered under a $2 billion Smart Schools Bond Act. The initiative supports investments in student  education technology designed to close the digital divide.

CSEA Southern Tier Labor Leader Rose Teachman ‘Makes Her Point’…

August 5, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  

Olean, NY - While she won’t admit it or take credit for it, make no mistake about it – it appears the return of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 805 President Rose Teachman and her way of eloquently making her case not to privatize two Cattaraugus County nursing homes played a big role in county lawmakers deciding to send back committee resolutions seeing Request for Proposals (RFPs) to turn the homes over to private entities.

Chicago Teachers Challenge Governor to a ‘Read-Off’

August 4, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - About a dozen teachers crashed Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s press conference July 22, challenging to him a “read-off” after the release of a 2011 email in which the self-styled education reformer said half of the city’s public-school teachers were “virtually illiterate.” “We are teachers and we are not illiterate,” said Chicago Teachers Union staff coordinator Jackson Potter.

Health Professionals Join AFT

July 10, 2016  
By Stephanie West

Washington, DC — Health professionals in Montana, Connecticut and New Jersey voted to join the American Federation of Teachers, representing registered nurses, medical and dental assistants.

Win Week In Review

June 26, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - Following a day of multiple protest rallies in the streets, what's next for the Chicago Teachers Union and their battle to fully fund Chicago schools?

SEIU Fights For 10,000 Workers To Be Included In LAUSD's Health Coverage

June 18, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Los Angeles, CA - The union representing Los Angeles Unified School workers is fighting to get some 10,000 employees included in the district’s healthcare plan.  

Organized Labor ‘Not As Pleased’

June 15, 2016
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell   

West Seneca, NY - Lost in the shuffle of a number of high-profile Labor events, actions and Strikes over the past several weeks was news that the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center (WNYCPC) – which has been targeted for merger with the Adult Buffalo Psychiatric Center, had received yet another one-year reprieve to stay in West Seneca.

CUNY Moves On Fair Contract For Workers; Others Still Waiting

June 13, 2016
By Joe Maniscalco

DC37 has reached a tentative labor pact with CUNY.

New York, NY - The City University of New York has finally taken action this week to help lift the wages of thousands of dedicated staffers who have spent the entire decade, thus far, without a contract and struggling to make ends meet. Thousands of other CUNY faculty and staffers, however, are still waiting for their own fair contract to be realized.  

Mass Demonstration at LaGuardia Community College

June 11, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Queens, NY - Several hundreds demonstrated at LaGuardia Community College on June 8th including students, faculty and staff. The issue continues to be the  systematic underfunding and draining of resources from the college.

PEF Approves Retroactive Contract

June 9, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

Albany, NY -Members of the New York State Public Employees Federation overwhelmingly voted to ratify a one-year retroactive contract with the state, in results announced June 7.

PSC CUNY and Students Rally at City College Graduation

June 7, 2016 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – On Friday, June 3, as lines of students waited outside City College in Harlem in the rain to hear Michelle Obama speak at their graduation, members of the Professional Staff Congress, CUNY students, and student government representatives rallied across the street to bring attention to CUNY’s funding crisis.

Chicago Union Says Privatizing School Maintenance Will Hurt Pension Fund

June 7, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Public Schools’ plan to contract out management of all its 550 buildings will reduce the income of the city’s underfinanced pension funds, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 143 President Bill Iacullo warned May 30.

New Orleans Charter-School Staff Votes for Union

June 6, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Orleans, LA - Teachers and paraprofessionals at the International High School of New Orleans voted May 27 to join the United Teachers of New Orleans.

Harrisburg Teachers Get First Raise in Five Years

June 5, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Harrisburg, PA - Teachers, nurses, and counselors in the Harrisburg School District will be getting their first raise in five years. The Harrisburg Education Association and the city school board both approved a two-year contract May 31.

Chicago Teachers Union Meets With District For Bargaining Session

June 4, 2016 
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools met Thursday for a bargaining session on a new labor contract for teachers. CTU President Karen Lewis says teachers may be willing to forego annual raises in the new contract, if Chicago and state governments step up to find other revenue sources for Chicago Public Schools.

Albany Passes Pension Bill Benefiting Veterans

June 3, 2016 
By Linda Ocasio
United Federation of Teachers

New York, NY - Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 31 signed into law a bill that enables public school teachers and other public employees who are honorably discharged veterans and have five years in their civilian jobs to purchase up to three years of service credit toward their pensions.


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