Unions Urge Senate to Nix Gorsuch Nomination

March 31, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia

Washington, DC - With Senate Republicans planning a vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court for the first week of April, the nation’s labor movement has largely lined up against the nominee.

NYSUT Avoids Cuts to Schools When Health Care Bill Pulled

March 31, 2017
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – The New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) dodged a bullet on Friday, March 24th, when the Republicans pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, without even going to a vote.

Charter schools threaten diversity - We Need Public Education

March 30, 2017
By Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President

Washington, DC - Public education has been fundamental to our democracy since it was founded 240 years ago.

NYSUT Slams Collins’ Amendment to GOP Health Care Bill

March 29, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Albany, NY - March 22, 2017 New York State United Teachers has slammed U.S. Rep. Chris Collins’ proposed amendment to the Republican health care bill, saying it would blow a $2.3 billion hole in the state budget and force devastating cuts to public schools, colleges and hospitals.

Don’t ‘DeVos-State’ Public Schools, Teachers Tell State Senators

March 29, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Olean, NY - New York State United Teachers members picketed several state senators’ offices Mar. 24, urging them not to “DeVos-state” public schools by ending limits on charter schools.

New Monday Feature: Spotlight On American Labor History

March 28, 2017
By Bill Hohlfeld

The Haymarket Riot of 1886.

Editor’s Note: Beginning today, and continuing every Monday thereafter, LaborPress  presents “Spotlight on American History” with Bill Hohlfeld. We hope you enjoy the new weekly feature and continue returning to these pages for more fascinating true stories in the struggle for worker rights. 

Boston Teachers Rally for New Contract

March 28, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - Several hundred teachers marched loudly outside the city School Department’s headquarters in Roxbury on the evening of Mar. 22 to demand that it move faster on negotiating their new contract.

AFT Member Speakes Out Against Supreme Court Nominee

March 27, 2017  
By Annette Licitra

Reprinted: AFT.Org

Washington, DC - Special educator Irene Booze believes with every fiber of her being that it is our duty to help the less fortunate. That's why she became a special education paraprofessional, that's why she works at a middle school for children with autism, and that's why, for many years, she was a nurse at a state psychiatric hospital.

Trump’s Declaration of War on Public Education

March 27, 2017 
By Carol Burris, Executive Director, Network for Public Education

Washington DC - Donald Trump's education budget is a declaration of war on public education and our nation's neediest children. It was surely designed by Betsy DeVos. 

Trump Takes  Meat Cleaver to Public Education

March 26, 2017 
By Stephanie West

Washinton, DC - The 2018 budget proposal released by the White House on March 16 "takes a meat cleaver to public education" and ignores promised investments in the types of skills, training and other vital family supports that Trump rode to the White House in 2016, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

Career and Tech Education Programs Essential

March 22, 2017 
By Stephanie West, LaborPress USA

Washington, DC - Career and technical education is crucial to maintaining a strong American economy with well-paying jobs, but it cannot succeed on a "skinny" budget that provides insufficient funding.

Texas Teachers Lobby for Funding, Union Rights

March 21, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Austin, TX - Thousands of Texas public-school teachers and students spent Mar. 13, the first Monday of their spring vacation, at the state capitol, lobbying for the Texas American Federation of Teachers’s legislative agenda.

Grad-Student Union Set Back at Duke U.

March 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Durham, NC - The Service Employees International Union withdrew its petition to represent Duke University graduate students Mar. 7, 11 days after it came in almost 300 votes behind in an election.

New Education Fair Plugs NYC Kids Into Union Jobs

March 11, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

NYC HS kids are eager to learn about union jobs.

New York, NY - From ironworkers to actors, New York City public high school kids got a chance this week, to meet with union members doing jobs that are not only challenging, but pay the bills — and then some. 

Yale Graduate Assistants Vote for Six ‘Microunits’

March 9, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New Haven, C0 - Graduate assistants at Yale University have voted to form six “microunits” representing different academic departments, according to results released by the National Labor Relations Board Feb. 27.

NYSUT President Magee to Leave in April

March 6, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY -  Karen Magee, president of the New York State United Teachers, said Feb. 28 that she will not seek a second term.


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