Labor & Education


The Problem With School Boards

Posted June 18, 2015 by Mat Catastrophe

In the last couple of weeks, two stories floated into my periphery that, when taken together, begin to paint a solidly depressing picture of where we’re headed as a country. They deal with our public schools (or, perhaps, what is
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Claudia Haas, Lita Blanc, and Rose Curreri celebrate the victory

SF Teachers’ Union Elects New Leadership

Posted May 28, 2015 by Tom Edminster

On Tuesday, May 19, members of United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) — the 6,000-member union representing San Francisco public-school teachers, teachers’ aides, librarians, social workers, and nurses — elected Lita Blanc as their new president. This was an upset
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The low-wage worker movement has grown dramatically over recent years.

McDonald’s Workers Confront Shareholders

Posted May 21, 2015 by Deirdre Fulton

‘McDonald’s workers are rightly bringing the fight for $15 an hour and the right to form a union to their employer’s doorstep.’ Calling for higher wages and fairer treatment, McDonald’s cooks and cashiers will gather with progressive leaders on Wednesday
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At Public School 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, some 20% refused. And at Public School 321 in Park Slope, Brooklyn, 36% boycotted, local parent leaders said. (Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

Opt-Out Movement Against Testing Grows

Posted April 21, 2015 by Juan Gonzalez

Remember the number 999. It’s the computer code that keeps track of what will go down as a historic grass-roots movement in public education in New York State. Tens of thousands of parents rebelled this week against years of standardized
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