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Topics in the News:
Labor spotlight | June 1, 2017 >>
The Institute for Culinary Education sits atop several lists of the nation’s best culinary schools. It has gotten there, say many of the school’s instructors, despite its management.
National education and labor news | May 4, 2017 >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill blocking local governments in the state from making project labor agreements, which require contractors working on public projects to use union labor.
News stories | May 4, 2017 >>
Longtime UFT member Andrew Pallotta was elected to a three-year term as president of New York State United Teachers, the UFT’s state affiliate, at its annual Representative Assembly in April. It marks the first time in NYSUT’s 45-year history that a New York City educator is its leader.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
More than 400 students from 20 high schools gathered at UFT headquarters on March 9 for a different kind of college and career fair: In addition to exploring colleges and universities, students learned about jobs with strong union representation — and the better incomes and benefits that go hand in hand with those jobs.
Editorials | April 6, 2017 >>
The annual commemoration of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire every March is a teachable moment for students about the importance of labor unions. Workers were trapped on two floors when fire broke out because the company had locked doors to prevent theft. Many workers leapt from windows to their deaths. Others were found huddled against doors.
Around the UFT | April 6, 2017 >>
As an unelected Fiscal Control Board met on March 13 to weigh imposing further austerity measures on Puerto Rico, labor leaders, gathered in front of the federal building in Lower Manhattan to demand that the board not sacrifice public schoolchildren and public sector workers as it confronts the island’s more than $70 billion in public debt.
Labor spotlight | April 6, 2017 >>
It took 73 years for the first 26 states to adopt anti-union “right-to-work” laws, and just 37 days of the Trump administration for numbers 27 and 28 to come on board.
A strike at the Momentive chemical plant in upstate New York came to an end on Feb. 14 as workers voted to approve a new labor contract.
A bid to put Missouri’s new anti-union right-to-work law to a vote of the people was temporarily scuttled on Feb. 21 when the Republican state attorney general rejected the petition because parts of the proposal were not properly punctuated and underlined.
The right-wing group behind the anti-union Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association lawsuit has filed a nearly identical lawsuit in hopes of reaching a different result once a Supreme Court justice appointed by President Trump is seated.
News stories | March 2, 2017 >>
Following a series of Trump cabinet nominations that have sparked unprecedented opposition, controversy finally sank one outright: fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder, the president’s choice for Secretary of Labor.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected a right-to-work bill in a 200 –77 vote, with 32 Republicans joining every Democrat in voting down the bill. The legislation would have blocked public- and private-sector unions from collecting fair-share fees.
The U.S. Postal Service will cease providing post office services at Staples stores by March.
As of Jan. 1, workers in France gained freedom from work during off hours — a provision dubbed the “right to disconnect.”
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed into law a bill blocking unions in the state from collecting dues from the non-member workers they represent.
Labor spotlight | February 2, 2017 >>
Are graduate students who work 20 to 30 hours a week teaching and doing related tasks employees of the university or simply students? That is the question at the heart of the current conflict between Columbia University graduate assistants who are trying to unionize and the university management’s attempts to block them.
Press releases | January 19, 2017 >>
The United Federation of Teachers has accused the leadership of KIPP Academy Charter School in the Bronx of violating federal labor law by actively encouraging employees to decertify the UFT as their collective bargaining representative.
National education and labor news | January 5, 2017 >>
Exercising a new federal right to organize, graduate students at Columbia University have voted to form a union.