Posts Tagged ‘teachers’

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 …
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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 …
Jan
2014
22

With Strike Imminent, Portland Teachers Wear Black to Mourn the Death of Bargaining

  Teachers in Portland remain on the verge of striking as their attempts to negotiate a new contract are stuck at a crossroads.   On Tuesday, Teachers wore black to “mourn the district’s refusal to continue bargaining.”  This came after the board offered their “best offer” which did nothing to help alleviate growing class and …
Sep
2013
18

Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into “Education Reform”

Corporate Interests Change Lexicon for School Privatization into
  Salon recently ran an insightful excerpt from the book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, written by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch. The piece, “School Privatization is a hoax, “reformers” aim to destroy public schools,” sheds light on the…