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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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University of Oregon backs off attack on union

A new faculty union was certified by the Oregon Employment Relations Board shortly after the university's administration dropped legal objections it had filed.

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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.

Educators tell labor board: Restore our rights

Graduate assistants and teaching assistants at New York University want their union rights back.

Unions lobby for teachers and first responders

Carmen Morales, RN, a nurse practitioner from Bakersfield, Calif., brought a message to Kevin McCarthy - who happens to be the GOP majority whip.

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Chicago Southeast Side rally for teachers (with video)

Teachers, steelworkers, electricians, firefighters and other union members, their families and supporters, rallied here on the Southeast Side to defend teachers and union rights.

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