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Fighting DeVos and the nightmare of student loan repayment

A new "notice of interpretation" from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos aims to make it even harder to pay off your student debt—and easier to get overcharged and abused in the process. DeVos has already chipped away at regulations designed to protect borrowers, allowing student loan servicers like Navient and Nelnet to engage in deceptive practices [...]

Fighting DeVos and the nightmare of student loan repayment2018-03-24T10:39:28+00:00

Black women will be most affected by Janus | Economic Policy Institute

On February 26th, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that could profoundly affect the ability of public-sector workers to improve their wages and working conditions. The case threatens the right of the majority of workers to bargain with their public employer, through their democratically elected union. While [...]

Black women will be most affected by Janus | Economic Policy Institute2018-07-09T10:17:05+00:00

Why Labor Rights are Civil Rights

“All labor has dignity.” - Martin Luther King Throughout his life, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. argued that the struggles for civil rights and economic rights were one and the same. He was murdered in 1968 while defending those beliefs in Memphis, Tenn., where he stood in solidarity with 1,300 striking sanitation workers. [...]

Why Labor Rights are Civil Rights2018-01-30T14:36:44+00:00

Catholic Church Files Brief Supporting Union in Janus Case

The Supreme Court is set to hear Janus v. AFSCME on February 26th and both sides are getting all of their documents in. One such document is called an amicus brief, or a friend of the court brief. These are submitted by outside groups to support or lobby for one side in the argument. One particular brief that [...]

Catholic Church Files Brief Supporting Union in Janus Case2018-01-23T06:00:17+00:00

NYSUT LGBTQ – Ready to Rock for Our Members! by Debra Rothar

On November 3, 2017, NYSUT hosted its LGBTQ Committee in Latham, New York.  I had the privilege to attend this event, which focused on education, organization, and mobilization around the needs and priorities of the LGBTQ community in the Great New York Education Community.  Educators, advocates, and and community activists met to discuss issues that [...]

NYSUT LGBTQ – Ready to Rock for Our Members! by Debra Rothar2018-01-14T07:34:39+00:00

Hope in Dark Times | American Federation of Teachers

Democracy is in crisis across the globe. For years, polling in the United States and Europe has suggested an alarming rise in the number of young people who believe democracy is a bad way to run a society.1 Democracy is in retreat in Russia, Hungary, India, Venezuela, and the Philippines. And in November, the unthinkable happened, [...]

Hope in Dark Times | American Federation of Teachers2017-10-15T07:29:03+00:00

6 ways Medicaid cuts under GOP health care overhaul could impact schools | PBS NewsHour

For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms. Administrators say programming and services even beyond those that receive funding from the state-federal health care program could be at risk should Congress follow through with plans [...]

6 ways Medicaid cuts under GOP health care overhaul could impact schools | PBS NewsHour2017-10-15T11:00:16+00:00

Rev. Barber: America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign

In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s executive order on “religious liberty.” As they celebrated this administration’s willingness to let them use religious freedom [...]

Rev. Barber: America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign2017-10-15T07:29:03+00:00

AFT’s Weingarten on Betsy DeVos’ Scrapping of Student Loan Borrower Protections | American Federation of Teachers

“Secretary DeVos—with the stroke of a pen—has reinstated the Wild West of student loans where servicers get to play by their own rules, and borrowers get fleeced. Her decision rescinds the most basic protections student debtors have when dealing with servicers, like expecting their bills to be accurate and their payments to be processed on [...]

AFT’s Weingarten on Betsy DeVos’ Scrapping of Student Loan Borrower Protections | American Federation of Teachers2017-10-15T07:40:37+00:00

Dear Betsy: Jim Crow was not a choice – Voices On Campus – Medium

Betsy Devos — our nation’s secretary of education — needs a history lesson. As the esteemed presidents of more than 60 historically black colleges and universities gathered at the White House, she praised HBCUs as “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” She must have forgotten — or she never knew — that Jim Crow laws prohibited black people from attending white [...]

Dear Betsy: Jim Crow was not a choice – Voices On Campus – Medium2017-10-15T07:29:04+00:00