Issues

The LA School iPad Scandal:What You Need To Know

Originally appeared on npr.org  A massive expansion of classroom technology has come to a grinding halt in Los Angeles. The LA Unified School District had planned to buy some 700,000 iPads for its students and teachers. The Apple tablets would include learning software built by publishing giant Pearson. But Superintendent John Deasy announced earlier this week he is canceling the contract [...]

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Smart’s Nigro: Long Island Railroad Struggle, Win Validates ‘Promise’ of SMWIA-UTU Merger

  LAS VEGAS (PAI)–A mass June 21 rally for Long Island Rail Road workers at the Massapequa station, in the midst of a struggle with the line’s management, “validates” the merger several years ago between the Sheet Metal Workers and the United Transportation Union, says Ken Nigro, president of the combined union, SMART.   In a column written to introduce SMART’s first [...]

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Judge Smacks N.C. Lawmakers, Rules School Vouchers Unconstitutional

This article originally appeared on washingtonpost.com    Blasting state lawmakers for concocting a scheme that he said “fails” children, a North Carolina judge declared unconstitutional a state voucher program that uses public money for students from low-income families to pay private school tuition. Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled Thursday that the state’s “Opportunity Scholarship Program” violated the state’s constitution, [...]

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Docs Urge Delayed School Start Times for Teens

This article originally appeared on usatoday.com    Let them sleep! That’s the message from the nation’s largest pediatrician group, which, in a new policy statement, says delaying the start of high school and middle school classes to 8:30 a.m. or later is “an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss” and the “epidemic” of delayed, insufficient, and erratic sleep patterns among the [...]

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A Back-to-School Conversation with Teachers and School Leaders

Originally appeared on Homeroom.  As teachers gear up for a new school year, I want to offer two thoughts. One is a message of celebration and thanks. The other is a response to a concern that has come up often in many conversations with teachers and families, and which deserves an answer. First, the thanks. America’s students have posted some unprecedented [...]

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Trumka: Economy Leaves Workers ‘Confused, Angry, Frustrated, Scared’

LAS VEGAS–Stagnation of workers’ wages and declining benefits for the last 40 years, with the Great Recession piled on top of that, has left U.S. workers “confused, angry, frustrated and scared,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says. Speaking to the Steelworkers convention in Las Vegas in mid-August, Trumka added that bleak prospects for the workers’ children only add to those woes.  [...]

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Tentative Pacts with Unions Avert Metropolitan Opera Lockout Scheme

NEW YORK –Tentative contracts with its major unions on August 18 averted the Metropolitan Opera’s scheme to lock out its 2,500 union workers in mid-August. The workers, including International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 1 and Musicians Local 802, which represents the Met’s orchestra, were scheduled to vote on the pacts later in August, union leaders said. [...]

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Teamsters Battle Senator’s Scheme to Lengthen Truckers’ Hours Behind the Wheel

  WASHINGTON (PAI)–Saying lengthening the consecutive hours truckers could stay behind the wheel endangers truckers and other drivers, the Teamsters are battling a Republican senator’s scheme to do just that.   William “Jack” Dawson, a shop steward and safety trainer for Teamsters Local 745 in Dallas told the Senate Commerce Committee in late July that the longer hours would halt [...]

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Citizen-Labor Coalition Cheers San Diego Minimum-Wage Hike/Paid Sick Days Ordinance

SAN DIEGO –A coalition of San Diego citizens and unionists cheered a 6-3 City Council vote on August 19 overriding the Republican mayor’s veto of a city-wide minimum-wage increase and paid sick days ordinance. The ordinance would allow a worker up to 40 hours of paid sick leave yearly, starting next July 1.  And it covers all workers, not just [...]

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Taxi Drivers Turn to Unions in Battle vs. Unregulated On-Call Car Services

  Taxi drivers nationwide are turning to unions, including the Teamsters and the National Taxi Workers Alliance, in their battle against unregulated on-call car services whose drivers and vehicles don’t have to meet – and often flout – simple requirements such as insurance.   And the taxi drivers, in some cases in coalition with cab companies, are making headway with [...]

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