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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Jan 20, 2023 | News Story

Fordham Faculty United/SEIU Local 200United members, who teach the majority of the courses offered at the Bronx-based college, have successfully reached a tentative agreement with school administrators after 10 months of negotiations.

Jan 6, 2023 | News Story

Behind the scenes at the world-famous ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square, members of IBEW Local 3’s Sign Division working for union signatory employer AMA Sign & Electric got the job done in time to ring in 2023.

Dec 30, 2022 | News Story

NYSNA nurses have announced the outcome of strike authorization votes at NYC private sector hospitals with union contracts expiring Dec. 31.

Dec 30, 2022 | News Story

After spending years in legislative limbo before being approved in both the NYS Senate and Assembly in June, a bill that would significantly increase fines issued to construction companies found criminally liable for worker injuries or fatalities has been signed by Governor Hochul.

Dec 28, 2022 | News Story

In 2022, we’ve seen workers here and around the country rise up to take back their own power, demanding better pay, improved working conditions, and a voice in their workplace.

Dec 16, 2022 | News Story

1700 part-time faculty members at The New School (members of UAW Local 7902) have a tentative agreement and are back at work following their strike, the longest adjunct strike in U.S. history. Workers won:

Dec 16, 2022 | News Story

Last week, Laborers Local 1010 joined New Yorkers for Parks, labor advocates, and Council Member Shekar Krishnan at City Hall ahead of the Council’s committee hearing on Parks in support of greater accountability and on time construction in New York City’s green spaces.

Dec 9, 2022 | News Story

1700 part-time faculty members at The New School, members of UAW Local 7902, are still on strike demanding a contract that provides real raises, expanded health coverage, greater job security, more input into curricula, and real recourse against harassment and discrimination.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

Unionized workers at Brooklyn Museum, members of UAW Local 2110, rallied in the wind and rain outside the museum's main entrance on Eastern Parkway on Tuesday to call attention to stalled contract negotiations.

Nov 18, 2022 | News Story

This past Tuesday, Climate Jobs NY (CJNY) was excited to host New York City Mayor Eric Adams for a tour of the Local 3 Electrical Industry Training Center in Long Island City to discuss the benefits the Carbon Free and Healthy Schools (CFHS) Initiative would have for NYC.