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.
More about this issue:
Are you a union member, residing in NYC, looking to get more involved in your community? Applications are open for NYC Community Boards, the most grassroots level of city government. Find out more here.
The Professional Staff Congress, which represents 30,000 faculty and staff at the City University of New York (CUNY) and the CUNY Research Foundation, has launched a digital ad campaign calling on New Yorkers to contact their elected officials to support and fund the New Deal for CUNY.
This week, the Independent Drivers Guild (a Machinists Union affiliate that represents over 80,000 For-Hire Vehicle drivers in New York City) and The Black Car Fund joined forces to distribute COVID-19 home test kits to drivers at LaGuardia and JFK Airports.
Actors' Equity Association urged Congress to consider arts and entertainment unions at a House Small Business Committee hearing on Wednesday.
This week the NYC CLC, in partnership with the NYS AFL-CIO and Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, held a virtual roundtable with over 60 labor and community partners to discuss the impact of the Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).
Community Boards are the most grassroots level of New York City’s government and serve an advisory role providing recommendations to the City Council and the Office of the Borough President and working with City agencies to resolve local service issues.
After ten long weeks on strike, in what became the largest labor action in the country, student workers at Columbia University have reached a tentative contract