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Trumka tells AFT: Stand together, march together, vote together

SEATTLE - AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka urged union teachers to "stand together, work together, march together, vote together" to defeat the right-wing attacks on public education.

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NEA splits with Obama over education law

NEW ORLEANS (PAI) - In his keynote at the National Education Association's Representative Assembly, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel criticized the administration's continued use of student test scores to measure schools.

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Teachers celebrate union milestone: 1.5 million members

SEATTLE-Delegates to the American Federation of Teachers 81st biennial convention here danced in the aisles July 9 celebrating their union surpassing 1.5 million members including almost 70,000 new members organized in the past year.

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Teachers union endorses Oct. 2 One Nation jobs march

SEATTLE — Delegates to the American Federation of Teachers 81th Convention here applauded as AFT President Randi Weingarten urged them to mobilize for an October 2 jobs march on Washington, D.C.

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New Chicago teacher's union leader vows fight against layoffs

Angered by devastating budget cuts, threatened layoffs and school privatization, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) members voted in a new leadership June 10.

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Thousands descend on City Hall to stop teacher layoffs

Over 4,000 teachers, parents and students surrounded City Hall and stopped traffic here May 25 demanding no teacher layoffs or funding cuts for the city's public schools.

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R.I. calls truce in war on teachers

Ninety-three Central Falls teachers and school professionals got their jobs back in a hard-fought agreement this month, but what it really means will not be known for a while.

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Emotions high as Cleveland lays off teachers, school staff

CLEVELAND - Another land mine left by Wall Street's assault on American communities exploded here Tuesday night when the school board voted to lay off nearly 10 percent of its employees.

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Florida gov. vetoes anti-teacher bill

After massive protests by teachers, parents and other public school advocates, Florida's Republican Gov. Charlie Crist defied members of his own party by vetoing  legislation that would have eliminated tenure for teachers and gutted community-based input into public education.

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New Chicago trend: charter school teachers unionize

One hundred teachers at four Chicago charter schools filed for union recognition March 19, joining 123 others who won their first contract last year.

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