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Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Attacks on Unions – EXPOSEDbyCMD

Documents examined by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) expose a national effort by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to defund and dismantle unions, the most significant force for higher wages and better working conditions in America. Publicly, the Bradley Foundation spins this agenda as “employee rights.” Behind the scenes, newly disclosed [...]

Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Attacks on Unions – EXPOSEDbyCMD2017-10-15T07:30:03-04:00

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 Teachers2017-10-15T07:40:37-04:00

Popular Annual Financial Report

With data primarily pulled from NYSTRS' CAFR of the same fiscal year, the PAFR relies heavily on graphics and other visuals to tell the System's financial story. Unlike a CAFR, which can be technical in nature, a PAFR attempts to present the facts in a clear, concise manner.

Popular Annual Financial Report2017-11-05T12:05:43-05:00

Employer Costs Continue to Decline

Employer contributions paid to NYSTRS in 2018 will be lower than 2017 contributions – which will be less than they contributed in 2016. NYSTRS has advised participating employers to budget for an employer contribution rate (ECR) of 9.80% applicable to 2017-18 school year salaries. The figure represents a decrease of approximately 16% from the 11.72% [...]

Employer Costs Continue to Decline2017-11-05T12:06:09-05:00

Public Pensions Pass the Test

Public retirement systems continue improving cost efficiency, increasing funding ratios and fine-tuning benefits to strengthen their capacity to serve retired public servants for years to come, according to a sweeping annual study by the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS). The study underscores the many ways in which pension trustees, managers and administrators [...]

Public Pensions Pass the Test2017-11-05T12:06:40-05:00

In First for DC, Charter School Educators Petition for a Union

WASHINGTON— In a historic first for the District of Columbia, a decisive majority of educators at Paul Public Charter School have signed a formal petition asking the school’s governing board to recognize their union. Organizing under the newly formed District of Columbia Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, educators approached school management today to present [...]

In First for DC, Charter School Educators Petition for a Union2017-10-15T07:30:03-04:00

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 – Medium2017-10-15T07:29:04-04:00

Jim Gaughran to represent New York’s 5th Senate District | Newsday

It’s time for the system to work differently. Marcellino’s challenger in the 5th District is James Gaughran, the chairman of the Suffolk County Water Authority. Gaughran, an attorney, previously served on the Huntington Town Board and in the Suffolk County Legislature. The Northport Democrat promises an independent streak, which he demonstrated in his previous posts, [...]

Jim Gaughran to represent New York’s 5th Senate District | Newsday2017-10-15T07:39:05-04:00

Worker Centers: Labs of Organizational Innovation

Worker Center. The term seems fairly straight-forward: a center for workers. But what does that mean? It could be a location where workers get together for Christmas and other holidays. Or it could be somewhere people go to learn new skills for work. It might even be a place that offers legal assistance with work [...]

Worker Centers: Labs of Organizational Innovation2017-10-15T07:30:04-04:00