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Since 1995, Zillionaires Have Received Biggest Tax Breaks

There's always a lot of noise on campaign trails about cutting taxes. But as the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) points out, the real question is: Whose taxes?

Technicality Snarls Fairer NLRB Union Election Rules

Based on a technicality, a federal judge rejected commonsense rules making National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) union elections fairer.

Saundra McCauley named AFT 2012 Everyday Hero

AFT has named Saundra McCauley, a School Nurse, from West Haven Federation of Teachers and School Nurses, Local 1547, a 2012 Everyday Hero.

The 99 Percent Solution to the Retirement Security Crisis

The Washington Post recently ran a lengthy article explaining the difficulties Americans face in providing for a secure retirement, as traditional pension plans become less common and 401(k) savings accounts prove to be frighteningly inadequate.

American Rights at Work Launches Union-Made Guide

Our friends at American Rights at Work (ARAW) have just launched a new feature to help consumers find union-made products. The Union Shop: A Guide to What’s Union-Made (click here) breaks products into sections from Apparel to Home Improvements, Sweets and Snacks and many more to help buyers use their purchasing power to support good U.S. jobs.

Survey Shows What Teachers Need to Help Kids Succeed

Results from a new survey from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic shows that our children and our nation benefit when we listen to teachers' insights and observations, and focus on what works in the classroom, because they are one and the same, AFT president Randi Weingarten says.

AFL-CIO Unions Vote to Endorse Obama for Second Term

Citing President Obama's commitment to working families, the AFL-CIO General Board voted March 13 to endorse the president for a second term.

AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says Obama has placed his faith in America's working men and women to lead our country to economic recovery, while Republican presidential candidates have pledged their loyalty to Wall Street and the 1 percent. The AFT endorsed Obama on Feb. 7.

Survey Shows Low Level of Teacher Job Satisfaction

The latest "MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy" shows that education budget cuts to public schools and the demonization of teachers have taken a toll on teachers' job satisfaction.

Experts Correct Myths about Public Employee Pensions

In politics and policymaking, the facts aren't always convenient. Such is the case with public employee defined-benefit retirement plans and the policymakers who want to dismantle them.

NY Times: Shuttering Bad Charter Schools

The charter school movement has expanded over the last 20 years largely on this promise: If exempted from some state regulations, charters could outperform traditional public schools because they have flexibility and can be more readily tailored to the needs of students. Another selling point is that these schools are supposed to be periodically reviewed when they renew their operating permits — and easily shut down if they fail. It has not worked out that way.

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