Issues

President Woodard’s Statement on Agreement Between AFSA Local 1 and the NYC Department of Education on APPR

AFSA Local 1 and the NYC Department of Education have reached an agreement on APPR. Here is President Diann Woodard’s statement.

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School Leadership Program Grants: Title II, Elementary and Secondary Education Act

School Leadership Program Grants support initiatives that address the leadership needs of the New York City Department of Education school leaders. The Executive Leadership Institute is a sub-contractor that offers program development and strategic support to principals and aspiring principals. The program provides school leaders hands-on relevant training and meaningful workshops that give real time feedback on observations and useful [...]

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Chicago Teachers Stage Mass Marches vs. School Closings

CHICAGO-Outraged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plans to close 54 public schools, and increase class sizes to up to 40 per classroom, thousands of Chicago Teachers Union members and allies staged mass marches against his scheme for three days, May 18-20.  But Emanuel shoved the closings through the school board May 22. Faced with that vote, the union is stepping up [...]

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Split Senate Panel Oks Obama NLRB Nominees

WASHINGTON —In split votes, the Senate Labor Committee on May 22 approved Democratic President Barack Obama’s five nominees – three Democrats and two Republicans – for seats on the National Labor Relations Board. While Democratic Board Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce and Republican board nominees Harry Johnson and Phillip Miscimarra sailed through, two others didn’t. And the almost party-line votes on [...]

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Immigration Reform: Farm Wokers, Growers, Split Over House GOP’s Farmworker Plan

WASHINGTON—The United Farm Workers and the nation’s farm growers’ lobby, who bargained for 13 years between themselves to create a new program for bringing foreign farm workers temporarily into the U.S., have split on details of the issue, their testimony to the House Immigration subcommittee shows.             Growers support legislation authored by the GOP to admit 500,000 farm workers yearly.  [...]

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Fast Food Workers’ Strikes Spread

Fast food workers nationwide, poor, upset and disgusted by the huge contrast between fast food CEOs’ pay and their minimum-wage no-benefit jobs, are walking out of their restaurants by the scores. They’re taking their protests to consumers with campaigns in the streets of the nation’s big cities. In Detroit, around 500 walked out.

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Problems North Of The Border: Canadian Conservative Govt., Firms Target Unions

LONDON—There used to be a Electro-Motive plant in London, Ont., a medium-sized Canadian city between Detroit and Toronto. It employed 460 workers, members of the Canadian Auto Workers. Not anymore.

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GOP State Legislative Leaders, Fearing Reaction Stop Right To Work Drives In Ohio, Missouri

COLUMBUS—Fearing public reaction which could hurt their party at the polls next year – symbolized by a mass May Day protest on the state Capitol lawn in Columbus, Ohio – Republican state legislative leaders in Ohio and Missouri effectively stopped drives for so-called “right to work” laws in those governing bodies.

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NLRB Nominees Caught In Political Fight

WASHINGTON—At least two of Democratic President Barack Obama’s five nominees for National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seats were caught in a partisan war at the Senate Labor Committee’s May 16 hearing on their nominations.

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Panel Oks Perez As Labor Secretary; Latino Coalition Mobilizes Vs. Filibuster Threat

WASHINGTON—By a 12-10 party-line vote, the Democratic-run Senate Labor Committee approved top Justice Department official Thomas Perez to be the nation’s next Secretary of Labor.

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