Webmaster:  Betty Jayne Volpe, bjvolpe@optonline.net

Blog posts : "Unions"

Right to Work For Less

December 14, 2014

“Right to Work for Less” Legislation Rears its Ugly Head in Several States

Following the 2014 elections, one of the most immediate threats to unions comes from so-called right-to-work legislation, which allows employees to opt out of joining a labor union even when that union negotiates busines…

Read more

Mobilization May events

May 10, 2014

There are plenty of reasons to get people moving during Mobilization May.

At 2 p.m. May 17, thousands will gather in Manhattan's City Hall Park and march to the NYC Department of Education to support and celebrate the efforts of parents, teachers and community members who have worked to preserve a…

Read more

A Court Victory

February 28, 2013

Court of Appeals upholds privacy of pension information for teachers

The union hailed a unanimous appellate court ruling that affirms retired teachers have privacy rights that prevent their annual pensions from being published on websites and in newspapers.

"This is an important victory for our re…

Read more

Right to Work for Less law - Michigan

December 17, 2012

Labor unions are preparing to challenge the devastating union-busting bill signed into law this week by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. The law, which affects public and private sector workers, takes effect in early April and does not change existing contracts. In other words, if a contract does not expi…

Read more

NYSUT Support Governor's Veto

August 17, 2012

NYSUT leaders welcome Gov. Cuomo's veto last week of a bill requiring school officials to consider religion and other family background when deciding on school placement and tuition reimbursements for special education students.

Here's the Wall Street Journal report on the governor's veto.

N…

Read more

Group Lining Up - Against Teacher's Unions

April 20, 2012

You need to know about this movement. Groups backing charter schools, vouchers, merit pay for teachers and limits on teacher tenure are forming the New York State Education Reform Council.

Joe Williams of Democrats For Education Reform and Micah Lasher of Students First NY will co-chair the council…

Read more

Legislature passes Tier 6 in late night session

March 19, 2012

The labor movement's monumental fight against Gov. Cuomo's Tier 6 pension proposal mitigated, but failed to prevent, a pension deal that significantly slashes benefits to new public employees. 

"It is very simple: Those who chose this path are requiring the 99 percent to pay for the sins of the 1 …

Read more

Labor Rally in Albany

March 19, 2012

LABOR RALLY TUESDAY in Albany with Committee of 100

NYSUT and the labor family will rally outside the Capitol at noon Tuesday as part of an expanded Committee of 100 agenda to fight for budget fairness before it's too late. Many locals are within driving distance. If you, your members or retirees ca…

Read more

We Are Wisconsin

March 2, 2011

WE ARE WISCONSIN

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT IANNUZZI know that many of you have closely watched the events unfolding in Wisconsin. I'm sure your mood has swayed from disbelief to disgust. As dedicated public employees, you must wonder how such animosity and venom can be aimed at teachers, educational …

Read more

Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 2011

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In his words-

  "The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the desti…

Read more

10 Blog Posts