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President Obama Salutes America’s Workers

September 3, 2012 by clong  
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By Amanda Litvinov President Obama celebrated Labor Day with thousands of working men and women in Toledo, Ohio, where union pride and support for workers’ rights were reinvigorated during last year’s historic citizens’ veto of legislation that threatened collective bargaining rights in the state. ‘This day belongs to the working men and women of America,” [...]

‘Right to Work’ Laws Increase Poverty, Decrease Productivity

August 14, 2012 by clong  
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By Darrell Minor, Columbus State Community College On February 1, 2012, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels signed a “right-to-work” (RTW) provision in the state’s labor laws, making Indiana the twenty-third RTW state in the nation and the first in more than a decade to pass a law undermining the ability of unions to organize and represent [...]

Duncan Talks NCLB, Collective Bargaining Rights in Twitter Town Hall

August 24, 2011 by khart  
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By Kevin Hart Summarizing complex education policy in 140 characters is no easy task. But U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan gave it a shot on Wednesday, hosting a Twitter town hall that covered issues ranging from fixing the controversial No Child Left Behind Act to the role collective bargaining can play in boosting student achievement. [...]

Wisconsin Prepares for High-Stakes Recall Elections

June 23, 2011 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Every day for two weeks in March, Jim Niemeier, a retired educator from Waupun, Wisconsin, stood outside his local post office, talking to people as they walked in and out. He did this for eight hours each day in sometimes bitterly cold weather. Usually he would have better uses of his time, [...]

Unions File Federal Lawsuit to Stop Wisconsin Anti-Worker Bill

June 15, 2011 by twalker  
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By Kevin Hart Wisconsin citizens took to the streets by the tens of thousands this year to send a message to Governor Scott Walker that stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights under the guise of a “Budget Repair Bill” was wrong. Now, Wisconsinites are hoping that a federal court will send a message that [...]

White House Remembers Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

March 28, 2011 by ajehlen  
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By Alain Jehlen On March 25, 1911, fire killed 146 workers, mostly immigrant girls and women, in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City. The fire raced through the piles of cloth. Some of the doors had been locked by the owners, probably because they thought workers would steal the merchandise. Many workers jumped [...]

International Summit Puts Best Reform Ideas on the Table

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By Tim Walker High-performing countries have strong unions. They also support teachers and engage them in the reform process. Many right-wing politicians in the United States may want to ignore these facts, but in Finland, Canada, Singapore, and other nations, collaboration with teacher unions has been a keystone in their successful efforts to improve student achievement [...]

“This is the Beginning” – Wisconsin Workers Still Galvanized

March 12, 2011 by twalker  
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By Tim Walker Nancy Winters, a veteran Wisconsin public school teacher, doesn’t want her state to go back. She remembers what it was like when Wisconsin didn’t have collective bargaining – a time of discord, distrust, and little cooperative progress. “I’m afraid Wisconsin is going to return to those kinds of days,” says Winters. “I [...]

It’s Not Just Wisconsin. It’s Everywhere.

March 8, 2011 by twalker  
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By Mary Ellen Flannery and Tim Walker The battle over workers’ rights in Wisconsin was the first to capture national attention, but it won’t be the last. Gov. Scott Walker may be the poster child for right-wing overreach, but that hasn’t stopped lawmakers in every corner of the country from trying to blame public employees [...]

Behind the Right-Wing Attacks on Collective Bargaining

March 4, 2011 by clong  
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By Cindy Long Despite opposition within its own GOP ranks, and several national polls showing that the public supports collective bargaining, Republicans in Wisconsin, Ohio, and a growing number of other states around the country are determined to strip the rights of public employees under the guise of balancing state budgets. “We’re staying focused on [...]

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