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National education and labor news | October 4, 2018 >>

As the #MeToo movement gathers momentum, workers at McDonald’s deployed a potent tool from the labor movement to combat sexual harassment: a strike.

National education and labor news | October 4, 2018 >>

The provision by Washington state lawmakers of an additional $776 million in the state budget for teacher salaries sparked tense negotiations this summer between teachers’ unions and local school districts throughout the state. 

Labor spotlight | October 4, 2018 >>

Federal workers are in the president’s crosshairs. 
Right before Labor Day, and just days after a judge foiled Donald Trump’s attempt to hurt those workers and their unions through executive orders, Trump fired back with a plan to cancel their scheduled pay raise.

Editorial cartoons | September 6, 2018 >>
National education and labor news | September 6, 2018 >>

In a victory for unions, a federal judge on Aug. 25 invalidated three executive orders from the Trump administration intended to make it easier to fire federal workers and weaken their union representation.

Education nation | September 6, 2018 >>

After a spring awakening of walkouts and strikes, educators around the country are running for office in unprecedented numbers to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their students.

President's perspective | September 6, 2018 >>

We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure the UFT remains a formidable force, but we have reason to be optimistic. 

National education and labor news | September 6, 2018 >>

Voters in Missouri on Aug. 7 rejected a so-called “right-to-work” law by a 2-to-1 vote after labor unions in the state successfully organized to put the measure on the ballot as a referendum.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018 >>

President Donald Trump upended a generation of protections for federal employees, signing executive orders on May 29 making it easier to fire workers for poor performance, limiting the time employees can be paid for union work and directing federal agencies to negotiate tougher contracts with workers’ unions.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018 >>

North Carolina legislators released a budget on May 28 that included a modest salary increase for teachers after a one-day teacher walkout shut down the state’s public schools on May 16.

News | June 27, 2018 >>

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on June 27, the day of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Janus case, to prevent anti-worker groups from obtaining the personal information, including phone numbers and addresses, of government employees including teachers.

National education and labor news | June 7, 2018 >>

North Carolina experienced the largest organized political action by teachers in the state’s history on May 16 as tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job to rally in the state capital for higher wages and education funding. The event shut down public schools for more than 1 million students.

National education and labor news | June 7, 2018 >>

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denounced state constitutional amendments preventing public funds from being spent on private religious schools in a May 16 speech to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City. These amendments are on the books in 37 states, including New York and DeVos’ home state of Michigan.

Education nation | June 7, 2018 >>

More than 20,000 Arizona teachers walked off the job for six days in late April. “One of the biggest things we learned is that we have power,” said Noah Karvelis, the Phoenix music teacher and founder of Arizona Educators United. “When you get together, you have more power and you can change the course of the state.”

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>

UFT members joined fellow unionized workers and immigrants to stand together as Partners in Power, the theme of the 2018 May Day rally in Washington Square Park.

Editorials | May 3, 2018 >>

Teachers in Republican strongholds are on the march because they have nothing to lose. Over the years, state lawmakers have stripped away school funding as well as the wages, pensions, workplace rights and health benefits of public school educators.

National education and labor news | May 3, 2018 >>

Educators in Arizona became the latest to join the wave of job actions when they voted on April 19 to launch the state’s first-ever statewide walkout. Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, had offered teachers a 20 percent pay increase by 2020, beginning with a 9 percent increase next year.

National education and labor news | May 3, 2018 >>

Schools in more than 20 Kentucky counties closed on March 30 after teachers walked off the job in angry protest of a pension bill that Republican lawmakers sneaked through the Legislature.

National education and labor news | May 3, 2018 >>

Oklahoma teachers walked off the job on April 3 to demand teacher and support-staff raises and better funding for their schools.

Labor spotlight | May 3, 2018 >>

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision due in June in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT members should brace for a campaign by right-wing forces looking to degrade the value of union membership, UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently told union delegates.

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