Labor News


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Labor studies instructor vindicated after Breitbart hit job

University of Missouri-St Louis instructor Don Giljum was vindicated after university administrators said May 9 that videos of the labor studies instructor were "highly distorted." 

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