Issues

School Administrators, Natl. Education Assn. slam Trump’s Ed Budget cuts

WASHINGTON —The School Administrators (AFSA) and the National Education Association slammed the GOP Trump administration’s planned federal education budget cuts and its $400 million increase for taxpayer-paid vouchers for parents of private school students. The cuts would hurt low-income students in K-12 grades and in trying to afford college, say NEA President Lilly Eskelsen-Garcia, a pre-K teacher from Salt Lake [...]

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Letter Carriers to Vote on New Contract with Postal Service

WASHINGTON—The 213,000 members of the Letter Carriers will vote this summer on a proposed new 40-month contract with the Postal Service, featuring two raises and a pay upgrade for each carrier and for city carrier assistants, a narrower pay gap between CCAs and career carriers, and more opportunities for CCAs to become career carriers. On May 12, the union’s executive [...]

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AFSA President’s Statement on President Trump’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2018

On Tuesday, May 23, President Trump released his budget for Fiscal Year 2018. AFSA President Diann Woodard released the following statement in response: “President Trump’s FY 2018 Budget request is a reverse Robin Hood Budget. It slashes and decimates programs for the most vulnerable Americans, while stuffing the pockets of the uber-wealthy,” “As school leaders, AFSA members are responsible for [...]

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Over consumer, worker, Democratic objections, key House panel OKs banking deregulation bill

WASHINGTON–Over consumer, worker and Democratic objections, the key GOP-run House committee that writes banking legislation approved a deregulation bill to virtually dismantle all the protections Congress erected seven years ago after financiers’ finagling and manipulation of shady investments produced the Great Recession. The party-line 34-26 May 4 vote in the House Financial Services Committee sent the measure, HR10, to the [...]

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Title II Press Statement

STATEMENT OF PRINCIPALS’, EDUCATORS’ AND SCHOOL LEADERS’ GROUPS OPPOSING TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S PROPOSED FY18 APPROPRIATIONS CUTS: Washington, DC, May 23, 2017—”We adamantly oppose President Trump’s FY 2018 budget proposal to completely eliminate funding for Title II, Part A, the Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program. Eliminating funding for this program, which was authorized in the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), will devastate state [...]

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AFL-CIO, allies: Trump NAFTA re-negotiation letter not enough

WASHINGTON —Republican President Donald Trump’s formal letter notifying lawmakers that he intends to renegotiate NAFTA, the jobs-losing 23-year-old U.S.-Mexico-Canada “free trade” pact, doesn’t go far enough, the AFL-CIO and its allies say. In particular, any new NAFTA must ensure Mexico not only lives up to international labor rights standards, but raises its wages to livable levels, congressional Democrats said. The [...]

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Federal judge forces Spirit Airlines pilots back to work

A federal judge in Florida has ordered Spirit Airlines pilots, who were forced to strike due to management refusal to budge on low pay, back to work. “Under order of the court, you must immediately resume your normal working schedule,” the bargainers for the pilots, members of the Air Line Pilots Association, told their members. The court order also barred [...]

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New York union leaders praise legislation to make joining public worker unions easier

By Press Associates and Western New York Labor Today ALBANY, N.Y. —New York state union leaders are praising new legislation, introduced on May Day by the state senate’s Labor Committee chair, to make it easier for public workers to join unions. And the bill, by State Sen. Marisol Alcantara, D-Manhattan, has a good chance of passage in the evenly split senate. [...]

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Retiree groups, Unions Gear Up vs. GOP Health Care Bill

Retiree groups, Unions Gear Up vs. GOP Health Care Bill

With the Senate starting work on the measure – and at least three Republicans there dubious about it – unions and allies are concentrating on its harms to everyone. WASHINGTON—The nation’s two big retiree groups, the labor-backed Alliance for Retired Americans and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are gearing up to defeat Congress’ ruling Republicans’ health care bill. [...]

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Op-Ed: USW’s Leo Gerard on ‘Trump don’t care’

By Leo Gerard, President, United Steelworkers Republicans in the House last week passed the Trump-Don’t-Care bill. The legislation they called the American Health Care Act is not about improving health care at all. It would, in fact, strip coverage from 24 million Americans. The name of the bill shouldn’t even include the word “care,” since it threatens to deny health insurance to [...]

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