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Editorials | December 20, 2016 >>

Each Trump nominee for a cabinet post has a public record of opposing the work of the agency he or she would oversee or has a financial stake in business regulated by the agency.

Labor spotlight | December 1, 2016 >>

Hillary Clinton was endorsed by most major unions, and organized labor’s campaign spending — much of it for Clinton and other Democrats — hit unprecedented levels. But more working-class men and women, including many in union households, voted for her opponent. What gives?

Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>

Jim Tabert knew Emil Pietromonaco was headed for bigger and better things at the UFT long before he recommended him to become his replacement as the union’s Staten Island borough representative in 2006.

Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>

Charles Cogen Award recipient Emil Pietromonaco was discussing his career path at Teacher Union Day on Nov. 6 — about how he went from being a math teacher to becoming his school’s chapter leader, to UFT district and borough representative and finally to secretary of the UFT.

National education and labor news | November 3, 2016 >>

The Chicago Teachers Union narrowly averted a planned strike, announcing a tentative deal with Chicago Public Schools minutes before a midnight deadline on Oct. 10.

Education nation | November 3, 2016 >>

Massachusetts has become a major battleground for corporate education reformers intent on expanding the charter sector this fall. Their goal: to lift the 120-school statewide cap on charter schools. Their vehicle: a binding referendum on the ballot on Nov. 8.

Editorials | October 6, 2016 >>

Unions protect the rights of their workers when it comes to professional issues, salary and benefits. But they also protect their members’ most basic rights. For anyone who doubted that, the lockout of the faculty at Long Island University in Brooklyn over the Labor Day weekend made it crystal clear.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

The heat and humidity were intense during the Labor Day Parade on Sept. 10, but no more so than the emotions surfacing from the sea of blue and white umbrellas carried up Fifth Avenue by hundreds of UFT members. “Now, more than ever, unions have to show who they are,” said David Mahl, an art teacher at James Madison HS in Brooklyn.

Labor spotlight | October 6, 2016 >>

At midnight on Sept. 2, at the start of the Labor Day weekend, about 400 faculty members at Long Island University Brooklyn were locked out of school with three days left in their contract negotiations.

National education and labor news | October 6, 2016 >>

Ending a nearly 80-year-long practice of applying separate rules to agricultural workers, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill granting agricultural laborers the same right to overtime pay as most other hourly workers. More than 825,000 laborers are expected to benefit.

National education and labor news | September 8, 2016 >>

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are school employees who can join or form unions.

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Eleanor Roosevelt HS Chapter Leader Arturo Molina won a $30,000 scholarship — one of only four winners — from the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies at the City University of New York.

Vperspective | July 7, 2016 >>

Let’s make sure that when we leave our legacy, the next generation has a clear understanding of what’s important and why, so it can protect that legacy and build on it.

Labor spotlight | July 7, 2016 >>

After working on the same dairy farm 12 hours a day, six days a week for three years, Crispin Hernandez was fired for meeting with an organizer. Has the time come for farmworkers to attain the rights they have been long denied?

Education nation | June 2, 2016 >>

Today, public schools in Chicago are in crisis and a possible teachers’ strike looms. Since July 2015, Chicago teachers have worked without a contract. The city, which funds teacher pensions, has skipped payments for 10 years.

Editorial cartoons | June 2, 2016 >>
Editorials | June 2, 2016 >>

The Verizon standoff demonstrated how important it is for unions to take a stand for justice and fair play for their members — and for the rest of the labor movement to support them when they do.

Editorials | May 5, 2016 >>

The Fight for 15 movement scored milestone victories this March as both California and New York State passed legislation to phase in a $15-per-hour wage floor over the next six years.

National education and labor news | May 5, 2016 >>

Wisconsin’s right-to-work law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker was struck down by a state court on April 8. Circuit Court Judge C. William Foust called the 2015 law a violation of the state constitution, which prohibits the taking of private property without compensation.

National education and labor news | May 5, 2016 >>

Thousands of Chicago teachers participated in a one-day strike on April 1 to draw attention to the ongoing contract battle between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools over pay, pension and staffing levels in the school district. 

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