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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. 

Labor spotlight | May 5, 2016 >>

Despite high levels of education — women earned more post-secondary degrees than men in 2012–13, according to the U.S. Department of Education — women continue to face a wage gap.

Union resolutions | April 20, 2016 >>

The UFT stands behind striking Verizon workers in their bold effort to keep good, stable jobs in the U.S. and fight corporate greed.

National education and labor news | April 7, 2016 >>

The AFL-CIO has launched a massive campaign to inform voters of the perils of a Trump presidency for working people and unions.

National education and labor news | April 7, 2016 >>

Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, has rarely ruled against the National Labor Relations Board in his nearly two decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

Education nation | April 7, 2016 >>

When fed-up Detroit teachers staged a “sickout” for several days in January, shutting down all but nine of the district’s 97 schools on one day, they drew back the curtain on the woeful condition of the city’s schools: buckling floors, gaping holes in ceilings, malfunctioning boilers and furnaces, mold and rodents.

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

The West Virginia Legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 12 to become the nation’s 26th right-to-work state.

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

Mold, rodents and water-damaged ceilings were among the unsafe classroom conditions cited in a recently filed lawsuit against the Detroit Public Schools by the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, the Detroit Federation of Teachers and parent groups.

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

Members of the Los Angeles teachers union voted on Feb. 10 to raise their annual dues.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

Everyone who works hard should have a dignified nd secure retirement. And yet the average U.S. worker, without the backing of a union, faces great uncertainty.

Labor spotlight | March 3, 2016 >>

A victory for Friedrichs would effectively turn every state into a “right-to-work’’ state. And that wouldn’t be good for workers, including teachers.

Education nation | February 4, 2016 >>

Bulging class sizes, stagnant salaries, fewer teachers and limited supplies of everything from books to copy paper: That is what the reduction in per-pupil state funding looks like in thousands of classrooms around the country since the Great Recession — despite a much vaunted economic recovery.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

As hundreds of union leaders and members gathered outside the courthouse with protest signs, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Jan. 11 in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Union, a case that threatens to undermine the ability of the UFT and other public unions to advocate effectively on behalf of its members.

National education and labor news | January 7, 2016 >>

Seattle became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for Uber and Lyft the right to unionize.

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