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Pennsylvania professors on the picket lines

By   /  October 20, 2016  /  Education, Labor, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Old Main on the campus of Shippensburg University, one of the 14 state colleges that could see a strike by a faculty union.

Faculty members from 14 Pennsylvania public universities and colleges hit the picket lines Wednesday after negotiations on a new contract fell apart. It is the first strike in the history of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. An estimated 110,000 students are affected. The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties represents the striking […]

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First-ever teacher strike at charter school averted

By   /  October 19, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois, Labor  /  No Comments

This week's Chicago Teachers Union strike is drawing more attention to the city's charter schools, which are not unionized and set their own guidelines for operation.

Teachers at one of Chicago’s largest charter school systems announced a tentative contract agreement at 3 a.m. Wednesday, just hours before they were set to hit the picket line. The deal averted what would have been the first-ever strike at a U.S. charter school. Read more here.

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Lawsuit filed over federal ‘blacklisting’ rule

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Federal Government, First Amendment, General, Labor, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

WHERE THE BUREAUCRATS HIDE: Though the NLRB poster case is settled, a new lawsuit is challenging a similar requirement created by executive order in 2009 and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor.

“The messaging on it is well-intentioned, but I think that there’s going to be some really terrible stuff that results out of this,” Brubeck told

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Memo: College football players are employees

By   /  October 13, 2016  /  Education, Federal Government, Labor, Michigan, News, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

When the Northwestern University football team visits Michigan State this Saturday, the Wildcats will step onto the field not as student-athletes, but as employees. At least that’s how they’re seen by the National Labor Relations Board.

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Chicago teachers OK strike

By   /  September 26, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois, Labor  /  No Comments

STRIKE OUT: The Illinois pension system has failed teachers and taxpayers.

The Chicago Teachers Union has voted again to approve an open-ended strike, which could take place as early as Oct. 11. According to the union, more than 90 percent of union members voted, and 95.6 percent of those votes were in favor of a walkout. “This should come as no surprise to the Board, the mayor […]

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Big labor spending big to buy a Dem-controlled state Senate

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  Labor, News, Politics & Elections, State Government, Transportation, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Three-dozen unions had dumped nearly $220,000 into campaign coffers benefiting seven Democrats running for state Senate, according to campaign finance records through earlier this month.

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