Education

Few issues strike home for working families as much as education for their children. To be equipped for life, every child needs and deserves high-quality education that is available to all—from early childhood through college. For schools to work, educators must have the support and resources they need to succeed and school buildings must be well-equipped and well-maintained. Our schools must serve all children, and comprehensive services and supports must be in place for students with the greatest needs. All students should have access to higher education and assistance paying for it so they are not barred from college or saddled with impossible debt when they leave.

Public schools and public school teachers have been under attack in recent years—from widespread efforts to shift public school funding to private school voucher programs, to attempts to privatize public schools, to moves by governors and state legislators to take bargaining rights from teachers and other school personnel. These attacks are designed to serve the 1 percent—CEOs who can profit from privatized systems and the wealthiest families—at the expense of the 99 percent of students who deserve the best.

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May 20, 2022 | News Story

After all the hardship we have endured during the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot ask working people to sacrifice even more. Organized labor was built on the foundation of creating a pathway to the middle class for everyone.

May 13, 2022 | News Story

“The Carbon Free and Healthy Schools plan would be transformational: it would institute energy audits and retrofits of each school, repair and replace HVAC systems, invest in climate resiliency upgrades, and electrify our fleet of school buses," write NYC Councilmembers Carmen De La Rosa and Rita

May 13, 2022 | News Story

The AFL-CIO on Thursday called on the Biden administration to do its part to assist borrowers hampered by crippling debt, issuing the following statement:

May 6, 2022 | News Story

North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Ørsted, the U.S. leader in offshore wind energy, announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) to construct the company’s U.S. offshore wind farms with an American union workforce.

May 6, 2022 | News Story

Today, workers on the front lines of several new organizing efforts visited with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

May 6, 2022 | News Story

Actors’ Equity Association has opened a grievance against the licensors of the musical Waitress for double-breasting – profiting from union and non-union workers at the same time.

Apr 29, 2022 | News Story

New York City workers, labor leaders, elected officials, clergy and community members gathered yesterday at City Hall Park to mark Workers’ Memorial Day, honoring dozens of workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job in our City over the past year.

Apr 26, 2022 | News Story

The 2022 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, released by the AFL-CIO this week, marks the 31st year the AFL-CIO has produced a report on the state of safety and health protections for America’s workers.

Apr 22, 2022 | News Story

Happy Earth Day! Today, we honor the environment that we have been given, and we’re reminded of our obligation to protect it through efforts to make our communities more sustainable, create new union jobs and reduce our carbon footprint.

Apr 22, 2022 | News Story

Welcome to the Brooklyn classroom of 14 aspiring masonry workers: A 19th century mausoleum inside the serene expanse of Green-Wood Cemetery.