As massive teacher strikes swept red states around the country earlier this year, many of those walking out of their classrooms in protest said they needed to change government from the inside. Anecdotally, at least, it seemed an unusual number of teachers might soon run for state office. One of the country’s top teacher unions [...]
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The overdue national attention on the erosion of teacher salaries across the nation couldn’t come at a more urgent time. According to a new paper by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the teacher pay penalty – the percent by which public school educators are paid less than comparable workers – has reached an all-time high. When [...]
In December 1953, a group of anti-labor business leaders gathered in Washington, DC, for the first in a series of secret meetings. The meetings were organized by a Southern paper-box manufacturer named Edwin S. Dillard, who was heir to the Old Dominion Box Company and had spent years fighting to keep his workforce from joining [...]
Anti-Union Organizations Targeting School Employees through Work Email We knew this would happen. Anti-union organizations have been waiting for this opportunity for decades. By now, many of you have already seen solicitations from organizations like the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, the Right to Work Foundation and the Freedom Foundation. Emails from Mackinac, in particular, [...]
Right-wing groups have been waging war against public sector unions(link is external) for many years, and, last week, a divided 5-4 conservative majority(link is external) on the U.S. Supreme Court handed them a win in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. This case, which overrules decades of precedent(link is external), was about stripping unions of resources, with the ultimate aim of [...]
Any day now, perhaps as soon as Thursday, the Supreme Court will issue a decision that more than any other case this term will reveal to us the heart and soul of the Roberts Court at the end of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s 14th year. The case is Janus v. American Federation of [...]
AFT President Randi Weingarten on Proposal to Merge Education and Labor Departments | American Federation of Teachers
WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Trump administration’s plan to merge the departments of Education and Labor: “In any normal administration, combining some of the core functions of the education and labor departments might make sense in terms of bringing together programs that educate children and prepare Americans for the jobs of today [...]
In a decision that surprised no one, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled against working people and in favor of billionaires and corporate interests in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, holding that requiring fair-share fees in public sector workplaces violates the First Amendment of the Constitution. “This is a dark day in U.S. jurisprudence, a [...]