Month: November 2012

A Labor Giant Passes Away

Reality-based educator with a nice post on the passing of former MLBPA leader Marvin Miller.

Contract Agreement

The PJSTA and the Comsewogue School District have reached an agreement in principle on a contract. Beginning Friday, November 30th there will be building meetings to learn the details of the new CBA. those meetings will be followed by a ratification vote next Thursday. The following are the scheduled meeting dates to discuss the contract …

The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman

This movie was produced by Brian Jones and Julie Cavanagh.  Ms. Cavanagh is the MORE Caucus’ candidate for President of the UFT and Mr. Jones is their candidate for secretary.  MORE stands for Movement of Rank and File Educators.  Read more about them and their positions here. You can watch Ms. Cavanagh’s appearance on MSNBC’s …

Black Friday with the PJSTA

LONG ISLAND Walmart has seen their fair share of “days of action” from community and labor activists. But the recent call to “Stand Up, Live Better,” culminating in walk-outs throughout the country this month, is a game-changer. The momentum has been building for months. Workers from throughout the supply and distribution chains have walked out and …

Walmart Strike

In what could be “the largest-scale labor action ever,” many Walmart employees around the country are set to strike on Thanksgiving as Walmart is one of many stores set to begin their Black Friday sales as most of the country is set to sit down at their Thanksgiving dinner tables. In addition to being an …

How Did Public Ed Fare in the Elections?

A few of the many election results that dealt with public education… Jeb Bush crony and anti-teacher, anti-labor, pro-education deformer Tony Bennett was upset, losing his race for Indiana’s state education commissioner.  This was a race with national implications. Large sums of out-of-state money contributed to the passing of an amendment to Georgia’s constitution that …

A National Campaign to Stop Race to the Top

Education/Labor blogger Fred Klonsky is imploring teachers across the country to contact the White House weekly to urge the president to abandon Race to the Bottom Top and stop privatizing public schools. Here is what he has to say… Contact the White House weekly at 202-456-1111 on your state’s designated day.   Message: Give all …

Ratification Meeting Guidelines

Several people have asked for the ratification meeting guidelines.  They can be found here.

More Opposition to RTTT

Recently we shared with you the story of the UTLA, who would not sign their district’s application for Race to the Bottom Top (RTTT).  We recently received the message of gratitude posted below from the UTLA: Dear President Beth Dimino, UTLA President Fletcher asked that I write to on his behalf. Thank you so much …

Bishop Wins Re-election

Representative Tim Bishop, who NYSUT and the PJSTA worked hard to get re-elected has defeated Randy Altschuler. This is a victory for public education and a victory for labor!