NYC Applications for Pre-K

January 20, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  All New York City families with children born in 2013 are eligible to apply for Pre-K for All starting and the main round of applications closes February 24.

200 Cities,Thousands Of People Protest Trump/Devos Education Agenda

January 20, 2017  
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News 

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Washington, DC - [Daniel Barnhart]: "A pro-active stance against the Trump/Devos agenda for schools. It's clear that Donald Trump and his nominee have very little knowledge of, experience or understanding of public schools or the communities we live in."

Teachers Unions Campaign Against DeVos Confirmation

January 17, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Accusing Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education of working to undermine and privatize public schools, the nation’s two main teachers unions are mobilizing members to call and email their senators and urge them to block her confirmation.

Teamsters Press UC For Fair Bargaining At State Labor Board And In The Legislature

January 13, 2017  
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
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Los Angeles, CA - The University of California system is one of the ten richest universities in the country.

Educational Forum in Long Island February 7th

January 12, 2017 

Please join Senator Todd Kaminsky in a discussion on need for quality education in public schools. Key education officials from Albany will be on hand for this one-of-a-kind meeting and it is critical that they hear from parents and educators about how the status quo is hurting our children.  The education forum will be held on February 7th at 7 p.m. at the South Side High School Auditorium (140 Shepherd Street in Rockville Centre).

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on proposal to make college tuition-free for middle-class families

January 9, 2017

New York, NY - New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento's  statement on proposal to make college tuition-free for middle-class families.

NYS Governors Free Tuition Proposal

January 8, 2017
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont at his side, on Tuesday January 3rd,  unveiled phase one of his 2017 agenda: The Excelsior Scholarship program provides free college tuition for New York’s middle-class families at all SUNY and CUNY two- and four-year colleges.

NYS Governor's Free Tuition CUNY/SUNY Proposal

January 8, 2017  
By Barbara Bowen, President, Professional Staff Congress

New York, NY - Governor Cuomo's proposal to offer free tuition to CUNY and SUNY students is a conceptual and political breakthrough: it names free tuition at public colleges as the new standard to which states should aspire.

Organized Labor ‘Condemns’ Buffalo School Board…

December 31, 2016 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell    
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Buffalo, NY - Organized Labor is condemning Buffalo School Board Member and former Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino for his bigoted and racist comments that he recently made about President Obama and the First Lady.

NY529 College Savings Account An Important Tax Deduction

December 28, 2016 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York’s 529 College Savings Program is an investment tool designed to help parents save for college.

State Won’t Punish Teachers Who Violated Testing ‘Gag Order’

December 27, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - Settling a lawsuit by the New York State United Teachers, the state Education Department agreed Dec. 19 that it will not punish teachers who talk about questions on the state’s standardized tests, as long as the questions have been publicly released.

AFT Online Meetings Develop Union Leaders

December 25, 2016 
By Stephanie West

Washington DC - Teams of K-12 educators from locals around the nation gathered with AFT President Randi Weingarten on Dec. 10 for an online meeting about the school-related topics they'll tackle in 2016-17 as part of the AFT Teacher Leaders Program. Thirteen participating sites took part in this month's webinary.

Columbia Challenges Graduate Assistants’ Union Vote

December 22, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia

New York,, NY - One week after graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University voted overwhelmingly for a union, the university filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board challenging the election’s validity.

Statement From Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

December 20, 2016 

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the nearly 5,000 State University of New York Graduate Assistants Union/CWA Local 1104 have reached an agreement on a three-year contract. The agreement includes a 2 percent increase in 2016-17, a 2 percent increase in 2017-18 and a 2 percent increase in 2018-19.

Columbia Graduate Assistants Vote to Join UAW

December 19, 2016  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - Graduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia University in New York have voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers, the union announced Dec. 9, with more than 70% voting yes.

Michigan Court Says Long Teachers’ Contract Broke ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

December 18, 2016 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Detroit, MI - A Michigan appeals court on Dec. 13 invalidated a 10-year contract teachers in a Detroit suburb signed the month before the state’s union-shop ban went into effect in March 2013, saying that it was intended to “subvert and undermine” the law’s intent.


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