Labor News

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AFT proposes setting higher standards for teacher training, entry into profession

"Too many new teachers enter our schools feeling unprepared. We shouldn't tolerate that in a profession so important to our country's future."

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Chicago teachers: “Assault on public education needs to end here”

"We didn't start this fight; the assault on public education started here and it needs to end here," declared Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.

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Chicago Labor Day rocks with solidarity for teachers

A sea of red-shirted teachers, other public workers, parents, community residents and students joined in a massive show of solidarity in Chicago on Labor Day as teachers prepare for a possible strike Sept. 10.

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Biden draws cheers at AFT convention

The vice president was introduced by Jill Biden who taught for 13 years in a public high school and continues teaching full time at Northern Virginia Community College, even as she serves as the "Second Lady."

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AFT convention: Teachers ask, “When did we become the enemy?”

AFT President Randi Weingarten began her keynote address to 3,000 delegates as the AFT opened its national convention. She drew a standing ovation.

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Teachers hit over-reliance on testing

The AFT will launch an all-out drive against school systems' overdependence on high-stakes testing as a measure of student progress.

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Chicago teachers cast overwhelming strike authorization vote

With Chicago teachers facing a hostile mayor and Chicago Board of Education in negotiations for a new contract, 90% of teachers union members have voted to authorize a strike.

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GOP attack on Michigan school workers never stops

Public school employees charged that Michigan State Senate Bill 1040 would severely slash retiree health and pension benefits.

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Voters have stark choice this November, AFT’s Weingarten says

The AFT, like a number of other unions, had already endorsed President Barack Obama before this meeting.

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Chicago Teachers Union: Black teachers, students most affected by school closings

CHICAGO - Fed up with discrimination, the Chicago Teachers Union filed a complaint Feb. 9 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charging the Board of Education's mass teacher layoffs last year unfairly impacted African American teachers.

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