"There's an aspect of capitalist development that is introducing problems in areas of education, including reading, and that's forced us into something of a crisis."
Now a new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Houston by the AFT's affiliate there, exposes just how pernicious the problems are.
Workers in the United States know organizing here in the belly of the corporate beast is no easy task.
Leaders of the United Auto Workers union are well aware of the attacks against workers worldwide. Their fightback program is called "PRO Members."
Retiring UAW President Bob King proclaimed a truism long understood by labor activists - "The amount of power you have determines the amount of justice you get."
Proving that stupid political statements are not confined to the "Lower 48" of the nation's 50 states, the Republican mayor of Anchorage called union dues "slavery."
On May 20, 1639, the first American public elementary school was established. This was arguably the beginning of the idea of free public education for all.
Tattooed teenagers joined with their sign-carrying elders as part of the global fast food workers' strike. Like an idea whose time has come, there was no holding back this group.
A recently argued U.S. Supreme Court case, pushed on the justices by the anti-worker National Right to Work Committee, is a big threat to unions.
"It feels good to be a part of history. It's been a year that fast-food workers first went on strike for $15 and a union and now our movement has spread all over the world."