Labor News


Today in labor history: First-ever U.S. teacher walkout

The "strike for better schools" was intended to reform the way the schools were administered and operated, and also how workers there were treated.


The teacher gap: more students and fewer teachers

Over the last 5 years, government employment has dropped by 657,000 as a result of the Great Recession's effects. It's worth considering how much of that drop has hit public K-12 schools.


Today in labor history: 50th anniversary of Chicago public schools boycott

On October 22, 1963, a coalition of civil rights groups organized Freedom Day, a mass boycott and demonstration against segregated schools and inadequate resources for black students.


Philadelphia charter school teachers rally for unionization

"Having the support of parents, alumni, teachers, and community groups means so much. We are forming a union to provide a better education for our students."


Survey: Majority backs public schools over alternatives

 The U.S. public still strongly supports public schools and wants to improve them - and is willing to pay to do so.


NEA votes $3 member fee for school improvement

Delegates to the union's annual convention, the first week in July in Atlanta, approved the fee at the urging of President Dennis Van Roekel.


Education advocates tell Pa. governor: fund public schools!

They came from every corner of Pennsylvania yesterday, and some from New Jersey and New York.


New York teachers back Thompson for mayor

This city's huge teachers' union has selected the candidate it prefers in the mayoral race now underway here.


Teachers’ unions push Congress for broader measures of pupil progress

"We believe all children deserve great schools, and Congress must make the investments so we are ensuring opportunity for all children, not exacerbating current inequities."


Teachers march against “teach to the test”

Thousands of New York unionized teachers and their supporters descended on the state capital in Albany on June 8.

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