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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This Wednesday and Thursday, graduate student employees at The New School took a unionization vote. The eligible workforce is made up of teaching assistants, teaching fellows, and research assistants.
On Friday, April 28, 2017, the UFT honored both teachers and schools from throughout the five boroughs for their commitment to the students, the profession, and the union at the Academic High School Awards.
On Wednesday, the New York State AFL-CIO facilitated a training for union members, officers, and staff on Labor’s opposition to a Constitutional Convention.
Every twenty years, New York State is required to give voters the option, via a ballot question, of opening up the State’s constitution in a convention.
This afternoon we stood with the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York to commemorate 100 years of service protecting the men and women of New York City, and to remember the hardworking firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
NYC CLC Executive Board member Julie Kushner is the director of UAW Region 9A.
Julie Kushner has been a union activist and leader for more than 30 years.
Continuing our celebration of Womens’ History Month, we are proud to honor the work of Cecilia “Cece” Borcherding, Executive Board Member of the Utility Workers Union of America, Local 1-2. Cece is the product of a hard-working union household.
The next Organizing 2.0 training conference has a date: April 7-8. And we’re proud to be returning to the site of our first conference ever, way back in 2009: The Murphy Institute.
This week, the Economic Policy Institute released a comprehensive study looking at diversity and pay scale in the New York City construction industry.