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Kickstarter union is first of its kind in tech industry

Workers at the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter voted to form a union on Feb. 18, becoming the first white-collar, full-time employees in the technology industry to unionize.

A February 2019 strike helped Denver public school teachers earn a salary increase.

Denver teachers earn $9,000 more after strike

One year after Denver’s first teacher strike in a quarter century, public school educators are earning an average of $9,000 more per year.

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Trump scraps Defense Department bargaining rights

The Trump administration has issued a memo that sets in motion the denial of collective bargaining rights to some 750,000 unionized civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Teacher prep enrollment drops sharply

Enrollment in teacher preparation programs has declined across the United States by more than a third since 2010, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress

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New Massachusetts law cuts school funding gaps

 Massachusetts adopted a law on Nov. 26 that will provide an additional $1.5 billion to the state’s school districts.

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Indiana teachers march for education

Thousands of red-garbed educators and their supporters marched through Indianapolis on Nov. 19 for a Red for Ed Action Day to demand improvements to public education in Indiana.

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School to start later in California

California will become the first state in the United States to push back school start times to improve educational outcomes under a new law enacted on Oct. 13.

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Auto workers reach deal to end strike

The United Auto Workers' five-week strike against General Motors reached its endgame on Oct. 16 as the union came to a tentative agreement with the company. 

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Chicago educators on strike

More than 25,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union hit the picket lines on Oct. 17 after the city failed to meet their demands for larger salary increases, smaller class sizes and more support staff in schools.

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Newark scraps teacher merit-pay scheme

The union representing Newark teachers announced a five-year deal with its school district on Aug. 13 that eliminates merit-based bonuses and allows low-rated teachers to earn pay increases. The changes overturn key elements of a controversial 2012 contract and represent a shift away from former Mayor Cory Booker’s education reform agenda, which sought to introduce corporate-style accountability and compensation practices into public education.