Archive for the ‘EDUCATION’ Category

Oct
2016
28

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation

Boston She Party: Percentage of Women Filling Beantown Apprenticeship Positions Outpaces Nation
  In 1978, President Jimmy Carter set a goal for women to hold 6.9% of work hours in the construction industry by 1982. Fast forward nearly 40 years and we aren’t even close. The national average sits somewhere between two and three percent. But there is cause for optimism, and one bright spot is Boston’s [&hellip…;
Oct
2016
28

PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA

PLA Agreed to For All Work Done Through $249M Bond Measure in Fairfield, CA
  This summer, voters in Fairfield, California approved Measure J, a $249 million bond for the Fairfield-Suisun School District. This week, after much handwringing, the board of trustees agreed to put a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) in place for all construction work funded by the measure: Trustees [met] with supporters and critics of…
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Oct
2016
11

Building Trades Tout IL’s HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction

Building Trades Tout IL's HIRE Education Program to Boost Minority, Female Involvement in Construction
  The Illinois labor community is looking to improve diversity within its ranks through a program called HIRE Education. The Lincoln Land Community College program is a 20-week course that prepares women, people of color, and former convicts for union apprenticeships. Those demographics are traditionally underrepresented in organized labor,…
Oct
2016
7

Hillary Clinton: “I really support union apprenticeship programs.”

Hillary Clinton:
  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has spent much of the 2016 election season focusing on job creation and the economy. She often describes “building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top” and “offering real solutions to create more good-paying jobs and get incomes rising across the…
Oct
2016
4

CA Gov Signs Bill to Increase Women’s Participation in Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

CA Gov Signs Bill to Increase Women's Participation in Pre-Apprenticeship Programs
  When it comes to closing the gender pay gap, California might be as good as it gets in the U.S.. But that doesn’t mean the gap is gone. Governor Brown understands this fight for equality in the workplace is far from over, and recently signed a bill designed to offer women better access to [&hellip…;
Sep
2016
29

They’d Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin

They'd Rather Not, But: Chicago Teachers Authorize Strike, If Needed, by 95% Margin
  UPDATE: The Chicago Teachers Union Has Set a Strike Date of October 11 There is unrest in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system. On Monday, 27,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted in favor of a strike. It did so by a margin of 95.6%. The teachers union, which is currently in [&hellip…;
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
13

LiUNA 423 Sets Record with $5 Million Donation to Ohio State University

LiUNA 423 Sets Record with $5 Million Donation to Ohio State University
  Local 423, an affiliate of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), has donated $5 million to Ohio State University. The donation comes as part of the Ohio Scholarship Challenge. Local 423’s gift will be matched by the college, effectively doubling the contribution.  Both the union and the university are excited…
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…
Sep
2016
7

Grant Will Further Efforts of Hartford Foundation, Building Trades, to Train Women and Minorities

Grant Will Further Efforts of Hartford Foundation, Building Trades, to Train Women and Minorities
  The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving has offered a three-year, $296,714 grant to the Jobs Funnel Women in Construction and Licensed Trades Training and Placement Project, run by Capital Workforce Partners. The grant aims to offer more women and minorities the opportunity to pursue careers in the construction trades: This new project is…
Aug
2016
26

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry

HBOMG: John Oliver Absolutely Demolishes the Abusive, Out of Control Charter School Industry
  On the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated the main segment to charter schools. More specifically, to poorly regulated and easily exploitable state charter school systems that see for-profit management companies swoop in and swallow up taxpayer dollars. Though policies vary from state to state,…
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…;