Labor News


Unions unite for Connecticut elections

"We are not letting anybody divide the unions of the Connecticut AFL-CIO!" exclaimed Randi Weingarten to a standing ovation and loud applause.


Justices unanimously back public employee whistleblower

The 9-0 ruling cheered the NEA, whose Alabama affiliate - the largest and most-influential union in the state - provided the attorneys for whistleblower Edward Lane in lower court arguments.


California judge rules teacher tenure unconstitutional

The latest attack on teachers and their unions was handed down on June 10 by Judge Rolf M. Treu of Los Angeles Superior Court, in his ruling on Vergara v. California.


Houston teachers expose problems with 'teach to the test'

Now a new lawsuit, filed in federal court in Houston by the AFT's affiliate there, exposes just how pernicious the problems are.


New teacher union movement is rising

Teacher unions must unite with parents, students and the community to improve public schools so that we have healthy communities and a vibrant democracy.


Minnesota raises state minimum wage; teachers say hike will benefit kids

 Joined by legislators, advocates, and Minnesotans from across the state, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill into law raising Minnesota's minimum wage for the first time since 2005.


AFT exposes for-profit charter school industry

AFT is launching a campaign to expose the for-profit charter school industry as more interested in profits for its CEOs and stockholders than it is in teaching kids.


UIC stonewalling forces faculty strike

For the past 18 months, University of Illinois Chicago faculty have been negotiating for a livable salary for full-time lecturers.


Puerto Rican teachers strike to oppose attack on pensions

Thousands of elementary and secondary school teachers in Puerto Rico carried out a two day strike to protest a raid on their pension plans.


Teachers’ leader: ALEC kills rights for corporate power

ALEC  "strips away rights" of workers and voters "in the interests of the power they represent," AFT president Randi Weingarten says. 

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