‘Unaffordable and irresponsible’: New Philly teachers contract to balloon district’s deficit to $1 billion

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The new teachers contract between the School District of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is a great deal, according to school and union officials. And by great deal, officials mean it will balloon the district’s debt by about $300 million over the next five years and drive up the projected […]

Union boss to collect big taxpayer-funded pension after working quarter-century for MEA

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The head of Michigan’s statewide teachers union will retire this month to collect an estimated $115,871 state pension, even though he hasn’t worked in a school since 1993. That’s when Michigan Education Association President Steve Cook left his position as a paraprofessional in the Lansing School District to work for the […]

PA lawmakers look to outlaw ‘ghost teachers’ — paid by taxpayers to work for unions

By Victor Skinner on Monday, April 24th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania lawmakers want to prevent school districts from using taxpayer dollars to pay the salaries and benefits of educators who take extensive time off to work for their teachers union. Clauses for union release time written into collective bargaining agreements forces more than 100 Pennsylvania school districts to foot the bill for […]

Iowa bill limits collective bargaining privileges for government unions

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized 3 Comments

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa lawmakers plan to roll back collective bargaining benefits for teachers and other public sector workers by limiting the topics of union negotiations and requiring certification votes, among other changes. Republicans took control of all three branches of Iowa government in 2016, and they’re now advancing legislation to curb collective bargaining […]

Teachers strike in PA district for 16 percent pay increase

By Victor Skinner on Monday, January 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

PALMERTON, Pa. – About 132 teachers, nurses and other school employees in a Pennsylvania school district went on strike Monday to push for a 16 percent pay increase over four years. Classes were canceled in the Palmerton Area School District Monday so teachers and other members of the local union can protest for higher pay […]

MI court upholds ruling against teachers ‘union security clause’ aimed at circumventing RTW

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

TAYLOR, Mich. – A Michigan Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision Wednesday that struck down a deal between the Taylor school district and teachers union that attempted to circumvent the state’s right-to-work law. The district agreed to a new contract with the Taylor Federation of Teachers in 2013 – weeks before the state’s […]

Buffalo teachers get 14% pay hike, despite 61% graduation rate

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized 4 Comments

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A new three-year contract between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Buffalo Public Schools eliminates a controversial provision for taxpayer funded plastic surgery for union members while increasing pay by 14 percent. “The biggest victory is that we reached a contract,” the BFT’s infamous president, Philip Rumore, told The Buffalo News. “Now, perhaps, […]

Cleveland Teachers Union threatens to walk out on students — on first day of school

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

CLEVELAND – Cleveland students returned to school Monday, the same day Cleveland Teachers Union officials declared plans to walk out on them over stalled contract negotiations. The current contract between the CTU and Cleveland Metropolitan School District expired at the end of June, though it remains in effect until a new pact is crafted. Regardless, […]

Forced dues by government unions scrutinized during Supreme Court hearing

By Michigan Capitol Confidential on Monday, January 11th, 2016 in Unions 1 Comment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a case that could end mandatory union dues and fees for public sector workers, which are currently required in about half the states in the country. The case is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and involves whether requiring teachers and other government employees […]

Allow teachers to decide whether to fund their union

By Rebecca Friedrichs on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 in Unions No Comments

ANAHEIM, Calif. – School starts this month for millions of students across our nation. While many students will excitedly embrace new skills and friendships, many of their teachers will be burdened by the conflicts associated with forced unionism.