Labor & Education

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Landmark Sick Leave Law Signed

Posted September 16, 2014 by Seth Sandronsky

On September 10 Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522 into law. The landmark legislation dramatically expands labor benefits for an estimated 6.5 million private-sector workers (including seasonal, part- and full-time employees), mandating they earn at least three paid sick
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Speaking Out for a Living Wage

Posted August 29, 2014 by Khanh Weinberg

One by one, they lined up and waited for their turn at the microphone.   Santa Clara County is weighing what it can do to help lift the working class of Silicon Valley out of poverty wages and these people had
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Kaiser Spending Premium Dollars to Provoke RN Strike

Posted August 27, 2014 by Chuck Idelson

Kaiser Permanente officials are diverting multiple millions of dollars of patient premiums for registered nurse strikebreakers while failing to respond to patient care concerns raised by the 18,000 Kaiser RNs and Nurse Practitioners who work at 66 Kaiser hospitals and
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Should Schools Ban Hot Dogs?

Posted August 25, 2014 by

A grim story in the news this past week – at a Phoenix elementary school, a 7 year old died after choking on a corn dog in his school lunch. As horrifying as this event must have been for the
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When we don't "see" race and class divisions in our communities, it becomes impossible to see how deep structural inequities play out in the education of the nation's youth. (Image: flickr / cc / cortonflow)

Back To Schools White People Cannot See

Posted August 22, 2014 by Jeff Bryant

As the season for new school openings rolls out, there are reasons for a new consciousness-raising about those schools – the kind of consciousness-raising that can be brought about when there’s a shock to the system like Ferguson, Missouri.
Of the
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Chicago Students Union organizes press conference and march to demand a democratic Board of Education and an end to school closures

‘Whose Schools? Our Schools’: Chicago Students Rise Up

Posted August 19, 2014 by Sarah Lazare

Over one hundred Chicago public school students, parents, and community members marched to the city’s Board of Education on Monday to demand an end to the school closures, mass lay-offs, and undemocratic political deal-making they say are devastating one of
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Michelle Rhee Failed By Her Own Standards

D.C. School Test Results: Rhee Gets “F”

Posted August 8, 2014 by Bernie Horn

If this isn’t failure, what is?
The latest results of the DC-CAS, the District of Columbia’s high-stakes standardized test, show that the percentage of public school students judged “proficient” or better in reading has declined over the past five years
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