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Labor and allies honor King and defend workers

Many consider Philadelphia  "ground zero" in the fight to save and improve public education and public services.

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New York mayor’s disregard for kids forces strike

Bloomberg's threat to kids' safety while riding school buses forced some 8,000 drivers, mechanics and school bus matrons to strike.

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Despite "right to work," union organizing not letting up in Michigan

Tea Party Republicans should have witnessed what took place last night at the Cesar Chavez Academy, a large for-profit charter school in Southwest Detroit.

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AFT proposes setting higher standards for teacher training, entry into profession

"Too many new teachers enter our schools feeling unprepared. We shouldn't tolerate that in a profession so important to our country's future."

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Unions focus ads on “fiscal cliff” issues

"The voters spoke loud and clear and rejected any cuts in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security."

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Calif. ballot measure would fund public education

In a scenario possible only under California's bizarre budgeting process, the state's general services budget is now in the hands of a ballot measure to temporarily tax high personal incomes to fund education.

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Today in labor history: Eisenhower enforces racial integration in Little Rock

Orval Faubus tried to prevent schools in Little Rock from integrating, despite the fact that the Supreme Court had ordered the desegregation of public schools three years prior.

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Chicago teachers: “Assault on public education needs to end here”

"We didn't start this fight; the assault on public education started here and it needs to end here," declared Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union.

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Chicago Labor Day rocks with solidarity for teachers

A sea of red-shirted teachers, other public workers, parents, community residents and students joined in a massive show of solidarity in Chicago on Labor Day as teachers prepare for a possible strike Sept. 10.

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Biden draws cheers at AFT convention

The vice president was introduced by Jill Biden who taught for 13 years in a public high school and continues teaching full time at Northern Virginia Community College, even as she serves as the "Second Lady."

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