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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
Reprinted:
www.uft.org
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.

UFT Re-Elects Mulgrew President

June 3, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - United Federation of Teachers members have re-elected President Michael Mulgrew to a third three-year term, the union announced May 27. Preliminary results showed Mulgrew, the Unity Caucus candidate, winning 76% of the about 53,000 ballots cast.

Chicago School Board Votes to Privatize More Maintenance

May 29, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Board of Education voted unanimously May 25 to double the size of a program to privatize school maintenance, increasing the number of schools where the SodexoMAGIC company handles custodial and engineering services, snow removal, landscaping, and pest control from 33 to 63.

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
Reprinted:
aflcio.org

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 
WNYLaborToday.com 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 
WNYLaborToday.com 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.


 

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