Education

Few issues strike home for working families as much as education for their children. To be equipped for life, every child needs and deserves high-quality education that is available to all—from early childhood through college. For schools to work, educators must have the support and resources they need to succeed and school buildings must be well-equipped and well-maintained. Our schools must serve all children, and comprehensive services and supports must be in place for students with the greatest needs. All students should have access to higher education and assistance paying for it so they are not barred from college or saddled with impossible debt when they leave.

Public schools and public school teachers have been under attack in recent years—from widespread efforts to shift public school funding to private school voucher programs, to attempts to privatize public schools, to moves by governors and state legislators to take bargaining rights from teachers and other school personnel. These attacks are designed to serve the 1 percent—CEOs who can profit from privatized systems and the wealthiest families—at the expense of the 99 percent of students who deserve the best.

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Dec 4

Join the Professional Staff Congress- CUNY for a contract campaign kick-off march and rally to stand for the contract they deserve.

The union’s demands include:

5% salary increase per year of the contract for all faculty and staff

Nov 17, 2017 | News Story

Today, the Worker Institute at Cornell and the Murphy Institute convened a conference entitled “Janus and Beyond: The Future of Public Sector Unions” to address attacks on labor, and how we keep members engaged.  

Nov 17

Join union leaders, scholars, and activists for a one-day conference to discuss the implications of the Janus v. AFSCME case for workers and organized labor, possible immediate outcomes, and strategic options for combatting the attack on public sector unionism.

Nov 16

“It’s Who We Are,” a grassroots, non-partisan group dedicated to improving people’s knowledge of our government and democracy, presents a free civics class at the Queens library.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

Last Saturday, union members gathered in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens for a day of GOTV to educate their fellow union members about the dangers of a NYS constitutional convention.

Nov 3, 2017 | News Story

Local 802 AFM recently launched a new social media campaign called “Musicians of New York.” In the style of the Humans of New York photo project, the series includes photos of Local 802 members either in their workplaces or out on the streets of New York City, usually with their instrument in han

Oct 20, 2017 | News Story

On Monday, District Council 37 AFSCME Executive Director Henry Garrido participated in an Oxford-style debate, to educate listeners of the dangers of a New York State Constitutional Convention.

Oct 30, 2017 | News Story

Brothers & Sisters:

The November 7 election is fast approaching and there isn't much time left to reach out to all of the voters! Join us to knock on fellow union members' doors in a massive canvassing operation on Saturday, November 4.

Oct 16, 2017 | Press Release

On Monday, construction workers and supporters gathered at City Hall for the signing of a new law to require at least 40 hours of safety training for NYC's construction workers.