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What a difference a vote makes

Just one vote. That was all it took to make the difference in the primary on August 14.

AFT members honored as 'Champions of Change'

Three AFT members were honored as "School Turnaround Champions of Change" at the White House on Aug. 21. The honorees are David Cicarella, president of the New Haven Federation of Teachers; Kristen Hayes, an art teacher at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C.; and Edward Wiest, a math teacher at Plenty Coups High School on the Crow Reservation in Pryor, Mont.

Justice for paraprofessionals at last

IB ImageSchool paraprofessionals in Connecticut achieved long overdue rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act 12-43 during a ceremony Aug. 3 at the State Capitol.

House Republicans Vote to Keep Bush Tax Cuts for the Richest 2%

In a reverse of last week’s Senate action, the U.S. House of Representatives today approved (256-171) a bill (H.R. 8) to extend the Bush tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest 2%— about $160,000 a year for the average millionaire. The House defeated (257-170) a Democratic alternative amendment to maintain the cuts for the middle class but end the tax breaks for the rich.

Republican theft of pension funds led to current crisis

Pensions work better than a 401(k) when they are funded properly. But what happens when a state or city underfunds their pension system?

Growing U.S. Income Inequality Eating Away at Our Nation

Growing U.S. Income Inequality Eating Away at Our NationTimothy Noah, author of The Great Divergence: America’s Growing Income Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It, spoke here at the AFL-CIO today, part of our summer book series on jobs, inequality and the financial crisis. In researching the book, based on a 10-part series he wrote in 2010 for Slate, Noah says he surprised even himself when he realized that economic mobility was far more robust than it turned out to be.

Romney’s Tax Plan Is a Giveaway for the Wealthy at the Expense of the Middle Class

Romney’s Tax Plan Is a Giveaway for the Wealthy at the Expense of the Middle ClassWashington Post’s Ezra Klein pointed out yesterday that the difference between Mitt Romney and President Obama’s tax plans is pretty stark.

Klein writes: Romney’s plan is a large tax cut for the top 60 percent, a huge tax cut for the top few percent, and a significant tax increase for the bottom few percent, as he permits a few temporary tax breaks that benefit low-income folks to expire. Obama’s plan keeps the current tax rates for almost everyone but the top few percent, who face a very large tax increase.

Profile of Minimum Wage Workers Isn’t What You Think

Opponents of increasing the nation’s minimum wage always fall back on the argument that it doesn’t need to be raised because it’s mostly teenagers working part-time for extra pocket money who are getting that hourly figure (which right now is $7.25).

Study shows poor outcomes for students in virtual schools

A new study should raise serious questions for anyone who believes that virtual schools are a viable solution to improving student achievement. The report by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) at the University of Colorado shows that students at K12 Inc., the nation's largest virtual school company, are falling further behind in reading and math scores than students in brick-and-mortar schools.

Make sure your BBQ is union made

This summer, make sure to stock your barbeque with union-made products. From Vienna Beef hot dogs to Frito Lay snacks and Weber grills, show your support for union men and women by picking the right products to serve your friends and family.

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