Posts Tagged ‘teachers’

Sep
2016
13

Reckless, Extreme Nature of Long Island University Teacher Lockout Stuns Onlookers

Reckless, Extreme Nature of Long Island University Teacher Lockout Stuns Onlookers
  Long Island University (LIU) has locked out four hundred unionized faculty members from its Brooklyn campus over an ongoing contract dispute. LIU professors have been barred from campus, are not being paid, and have lost their health insurance. The dispute centers on disparities between salaries at the Brooklyn campus and the suburban Long...
Sep
2016
9

Pair of NLRB Charter School Decisions Deliver Promise of Union Representation for Teachers

Pair of NLRB Charter School Decisions Deliver Promise of Union Representation for Teachers
  In a pair of decisions issued late last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) concluded that charter school teachers are private employees and therefore fall under the jurisdiction of the NLRB. The cases involved an online charter school in Pennsylvania called PA Virtual Charter School and a Brooklyn charter called Hyde...
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Aug
2016
12

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit

Recession Is In Session: Teacher Wages Way Down; Men, Non-Union Members, Veterans Hardest Hit
  The wage gap between teachers and professionals with the same level of education is at a record high.  According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the average weekly wage of a pubic school teacher in 1994 was only 1.8% lower than that of comparable professionals. Last year that figure reached an [&hellip...
Apr
2016
6

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts

STUDY: Full-Time Public University Profs Earn Whopping 25% More Than Nonunion Counterparts
  A new academic paper from a trio of professors in the state of Alabama has concluded that unionization pays big dividends for professors at regional public universities.  In total, full-time instructors at regional public universities earn an average of $21,000 more — a 25 percent boost — in pay and benefits when they belong...
Mar
2015
23

OK Moves Forward with Teachers Union Paycheck Deception, Dubiously Exempts Police and Firefighters

OK Moves Forward with Teachers Union Paycheck Deception, Dubiously Exempts Police and Firefighters
  In Oklahoma, a “paycheck protection” bill aimed at teachers unions narrowly passed the Senate General Government Committee on a 4-3 vote last week.  HB 1749, written by Rep. Tom Newell, would prohibit automatic deduction of dues for groups engaged in collective bargaining with the state. It would go into action November 1st.  The...
Oct
2014
30

Host of Voices Shout Down Time Magazine’s Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover

Host of Voices Shout Down Time Magazine's Egregious Teacher-Hating Cover
  On Monday, November 3rd Time Magazine will publish a cover that has teachers across the nation up in arms.  Claiming that, “It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher,” the cover is not representative of the article itself, which has already been published online.  The polarizing front image could have a tremendously negative...
Oct
2014
22

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission

Judge Halts Further Abuse of Philly Teachers Union Health Fund by School Commission
  A Common Pleas judge in Philadelphia has issued a preliminary injunction to halt the School Reform Commission (SRC) from making drastic changes to the health insurance plans of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT). A recent unilateral move to effectively ignore a collectively bargained contract spurred the judiciary action.  Judge...
Jul
2014
9

Minnesota Now Has Its First Two Unionized Charter Schools. 148 to Go.

  In Minnesota, union organizers are making inroads at charter schools as teachers increasingly feel they need power in numbers to affect positive change at the privatized schools.   In January, teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School organized after minor clashes with higher-ups.  And in July the teachers and staff of the...
Jul
2014
8

Unions Discover Teenage Boy Working on Elementary School Construction Site in Minnesota

Unions Discover Teenage Boy Working on Elementary School Construction Site in Minnesota
  Teachers and laborers want answers after it was discovered that a minor was working on the $880,000 expansion of Cornelia Elementary in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina.  Union reps who had been monitoring the worksite snapped photos of a young boy, age 13 or 14, performing dangerous work including operating a bobcat without proper [&hellip...
Jun
2014
19

Missouri Teachers Say Rights-Stripping Ballot Initiative is Unconstitutional

Missouri Teachers Say Rights-Stripping Ballot Initiative is Unconstitutional
  A lawsuit brought forward by two teachers in Missouri will attempt to halt a statewide ballot initiative on the grounds that it is unconstitutional and would make drastic changes to education by limiting tenure protections. The proposed constitutional amendment would severley impact education and collective bargaining.  Missouri Secretary...
May
2014
22

Madison Teachers, with WI Gov Candidate Mary Burke in Tow, Vote to Extend Controversial Contracts Through 2016

  Last week in Wisconsin the Madison School Board voted to move forward with contract extensions, through the 2015-2016 school year, for Madison Teachers, Inc..  The vote is important because Madison is one of the few school districts in Wisconsin which still has collective bargaining rights, thus the extension also extends the lifetime of...
Feb
2014
5

Portland Teachers to Vote on Strike Authorization Tonight at 7PM

Portland Teachers to Vote on Strike Authorization Tonight at 7PM
  Wednesday at 7PM, the Portland Association of Teachers will vote to decide if a walkout is necessary after 10 months of contentious contract negotiations with Portland Public Schools.  It would be the first such strike in the state’s largest school district.   As we discussed in January, the teachers are looking to lessen their [&hellip...