This Week's Blue Collar Buzz: Winning for Workers!

July 24, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

CSA Head Ernest Logan on Blue Collar Buzz.

New York, NY - Last night, on LaborPress’ Blue Collar Buzz we heard thoughtful discussions from four prominent labor leaders and educators who, instead of looking at the bottom line, are looking at the welfare of everyday working men and women. 


Fewer NYC Teachers Judged on Tests They Didn’t Teach

July 23, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

New York, NY - More than half of New York City teachers were evaluated in the 2015–16 school year based on test results on subjects or of students they didn’t teach, according to data obtained by the education-news Web site Chalkbeat.

AFT Urges Saudi Arabia to Not Behead Student

July 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Kalamazoo, MI - The American Federation of Teachers has joined the chorus urging Saudi Arabia not to behead a U.S.-bound student arrested for participating in a protest in 2012.

CSEA Rochester Public Library Workers Ratify Labor Deal

July 17, 2017
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Rochester, NY - The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)-represented City of Rochester Library Workers - Local 828/Unit 7420, which represents 129 part time Employees serving the Central Library and 10 City Branch Libraries, unanimously ratified a new contract agreement on Thursday (July 13th), Union Officials announced.

Instability at Charters

July 13, 2017  
By Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - Teachers are leaving charters at  higher rates than are educators resigning from public schools. There are instances where teacher flight from some charters is as high as forty-percent.

State Eyes Letting Charters Hire Teachers With 30 Hours Experience

July 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Albany, NY - A state education panel voted July 6 to consider a proposal that would let some charter schools set their own teacher-certification standards—which could enable them to hire teachers with as little as 30 hours of classroom experience.

NEA Head Says Union Can’t Work With Trump and DeVos

July 9, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Boston, MA - National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García told the union’s annual assembly July 3 that it would be impossible to work with either President Donald Trump or Education Secretary Betsy DeVos because “we will not find common ground with an administration that is cruel and callous to our children and their families.”

Chicago Teachers Say New Graduation Rule Will Force Kids Into Poverty

July 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Chicago high schools will soon refuse to let students graduate unless they can prove they’ve gotten a job, gotten into college, are enrolled in an apprenticeship or gap-year program, or joined the military.

ILA Scholarship Winners

July 5, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY -  The International Longshoremen's Association and New York Shipping Association, Inc. have announced the eight winners of the 2017 Teddy Gleason Scholarships.

Basic Issues Divide Duke and Adjunct-Faculty Union

June 30, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Durham, NC - Nine months after Duke University adjunct faculty began negotiations on their first union contract, the university and the Service Employees International Union have reached agreement on all issues except for pay and professional development.

Buffalo Teachers Federation President “Excited”…

June 16, 2017 
By Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell  
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Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) President Phil Rumore is “excited” about a new "grow your own" Teacher Preparation Program in the City of Buffalo - the Urban Teacher Academy.

Author Issues Blue Collar Wake Up Call to Clueless Democrats

June 15, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco 

Joan C. Williams.

New York, NY - Democratic Party elites may not be listening, but celebrated legal scholar and labor writer Joan C. Williams has been trying very hard to get them to pay attention to members of the white working class and the reasons why they voted for Donald Trump.  

Teacher’s Choice Gets Big Boost in City Budget

June 10, 2017 
By Michael Murphy

New York, NY - Mayor Bill de Blasio shakes hands with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on June 2 after reaching agreement on a final city budget.

Chicago Charter-School Teachers Voting on Merger With CTU

June 10, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Chicago, IL - Unionized teachers at Chicago charter schools began voting June 5 on whether to join the Chicago Teachers Union, which represents teachers in the city’s regular public schools.

UFT Awards Shanker Scholarships to Deserving Students

June 6, 2017 
By Silver Krieger

New York, NY – With the help of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), a group of deserving students will now be able to fulfill their dreams of going to college.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

June 3, 2017 
By NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer

New York, NY - 
Technology is changing the world, and if we’re going to be the greatest city on the planet in this century and the next, then we have to prepare our kids today for the jobs of tomorrow. Our children deserve 21st century classrooms with 21st century tools — taxpayers expect it, our parents demand it, and our children deserve it.


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