Issues

Union Leaders On Federal Aid-To-Education Law

WASHINGTON —Leaders of the nation’s two large teachers’ unions are split on a bipartisan effort by a key Senate committee to rewrite the federal aid-to-education law. Lilly Eskelsen-Garcia, president of the independent 3.2-million member National Education Association, says the rewrite doesn’t do enough for the kids who need federal help the most – students coming from families in poverty. Meanwhile, [...]

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Unionists Rally Against Fast-Track

WASHINGTON —More than 1,200 unionists stormed Capitol Hill on April 15 to campaign against job-losing so-called “free trade” pacts and the fast-track legislation that would grease the skids for them.   Steelworkers, in D.C. for their Legislative/Rapid Response conference, led the lobbying, but members of the Teamsters, Utility Workers, Communications Workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, the Letter Carriers, [...]

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Report Shows Male-Female Pay gap at 78 Cents Per Dollar

WASHINGTON –The pay gap between working men and women remained at 78 cents per dollar last year, shorting the median wage for working women – compared to men with equivalent backgrounds and equivalent jobs – by $10,876 each year, a new report says.   The National Partnership for Women and Families issued An Unlevel Playing Field on April 14, Equal [...]

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Jobless Rate Stays at 5.5 Percent

WASHINGTON —The U.S. unemployment rate stayed at 5.5 percent in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced.  Businesses claimed to create a net of 126,000 jobs. BLS said there were 8.58 million unemployed workers during its March survey week, some 130,000 fewer than in February.  The number employed grew by only 34,000. But 29.8 percent of the jobless in [...]

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Nurses Demand Robin Hood Tax

Members of National Nurses United and its affiliates rallied in front of 25 U.S. representatives and demanded lawmakers approve a “Robin Hood Tax”, reintroduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., to impose a small tax – one nickel per $10 — on every transaction engineered by the Wall Street financiers and finaglers whose machinations produced the Great Recession.   Studies show [...]

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Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 13-17

Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 13-17

                   Principals Groups Celebrate Assistant Principals Week, April 13-17  Contact: Bob Farrace, farraceb@nassp.org, 703-674-5614 Reston, VA–The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of April 13-17, 2015 as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant [...]

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Thousands of Fast-Food Workers Plan National Strike

More than 60,000 fast-food workers plan to strike nationwide for $15/hour wages, better working conditions, and freedom to organize without interference or consequences from employers. On tax day, April 15th 2015, more than 2,000 groups in 200 cities, including McDonald’s workers, Burger King workers, and KFC workers, will walk out and join the picket line to FightFor15. There will be [...]

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Obama Stands by Workers and Vetoes Bill

WASHINGTON —As promised, President Barack Obama vetoed the GOP bill killing streamlined union recognition election rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board on March 31. Obama commented, “A while back, the National Labor Relations Board, the NLRB, put forward some common-sense, modest changes to streamline the voting process for folks who wanted to join a union.  And unfortunately, the [...]

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Illinois Union Coalition vs. Fair Share Fee Ban

BELLEVILLE, Ill.—A coalition of 26 unions, led by AFSCME District Council 31, have united to battle Illinois GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner’s order eliminating state worker unions’ rights to collect even “fair share” fees from so-called “free riders.”   Rauner’s order not only violates the state constitution but a 31-year-old state “fair share fee” law as well, the coalition union said [...]

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The Movement to Stop Right-to-Work in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— Missouri unionists, businesses and officials mobilized in early March to try to stop the “right to work” state legislation from beig passed by testimoning for hours on the benefits of unionization and the harmful effects the law would cause.   Both houses of the state legislature are heavily Republican, and passage of such anti-worker anti-union laws, to [...]

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