Issues

Opposing Privatization of Puerto Rico’s Public Schools

WHEREAS, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States; and WHEREAS, Puerto Rico has determined that public education is a foundation of our democracy; and WHEREAS, there are some 300,000 students in more than 1,000 public schools in Puerto Rico; and WHEREAS, the growing number of school closures is having a profoundly negative impact on the students of Puerto […]

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Develop a Public Charter School Administrative Recruitment Program

WHEREAS, the American Federation of School Administrators currently does not have a recruitment program to encourage public charter school administrators to become members of AFSA; and WHEREAS, there is a growing number of public charter school administrators who could be eligible for membership in AFSA; and WHEREAS, public charter school administrators would benefit from membership in our organization; THEREFORE, BE […]

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Union Speak Up: Stop Postal Service Privatization

If GOP President Donald Trump and his Wall Street backers convince Congress to privatize the U.S. Postal Service, youthful postal clerk Arrion Brown of D.C., a Postal Workers activist, says he may get laid off and have to find another job to support his two young children. If Trump’s plan seeks to cut costs, retired Postal Worker Grace Jenkins says, […]

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CLUW on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON —Federal appellate judge Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual aggression – and that’s putting it politely – should keep him off the U.S. Supreme Court, the Coalition of Labor Union Women says. And they’re not the only ones. Tens of thousands of people, women and men, including almost 1,000 in D.C. on Sept. 24, poured into the streets nationwide from coast to […]

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Missouri Unions Sue to Overturn Paycheck Deception Law

ST. LOUIS —Fresh off their big statewide win against one GOP-business-right- wing anti-worker scheme – the so-called “right to work” law – Missouri’s unions are taking on another, “paycheck deception.” But this time they’re doing it in court. The measure, they say, violates the state constitution. Led by disgraced former GOP Gov. Eric Greitens, a prime pusher of RTW, the […]

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Workers Need a Seat at the Political Table

Saying union members need a seat at the political table – as mayors, lawmakers, city councilors and members of Congress — three unionist elected officials urged workers to run for office nationwide. Hundreds are doing so this year, but we need more, say Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a Laborer and former head of the city’s building trades, Operating Engineers Local […]

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Lack of Gun Language in Federal Education Budget Package Concerning

Lack of Gun Language in Federal Education Budget Package Concerning

School principals are united in their concern that the Department of Education funding bill under consideration in Congress does not include language prohibiting the use of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) funds for school districts to purchase firearms and firearms training in schools. The American Federation of School Administrators, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of […]

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Getting Rid of Corporate Welfare

WASHINGTON —Two of the Senate’s top supporters of workers, Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, have gone on the attack against corporate subsidies and irresponsibility. And though their legislation will go nowhere in the GOP-run 115th Congress, the two lawmakers are laying down markers for future legislative action to help workers. Sanders’ bill is a direct attack […]

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Teachers Union Push for Full Federal Funding for Poor Kids

The presidents of the nation’s two big teachers’ unions, Lily Eskelsen-Garcia of the National Education Association and Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, are demanding the federal government fully fund its promised money for schools which teach the nation’s poorest kids. And that includes making up a $580 billion shortfall in such funding, accumulated since the 1965 Elementary […]

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AFL-CIO Launches Anti-Kavanaigh Ad

Hoping to get voters to convince key senators to reject Brett Kavanaugh, GOP President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, the AFL-CIO launched a media campaign in the states of five key “swing vote” senators. The campaign, including newspaper ads and ads on media websites, came as the Senate Judiciary Committee opened hearings Sept. 4 – or tried to – on […]

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