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LA TEACHERS WON A HISTORIC VICTORY

By Gillian Russom

We had just an enormous number of demands because we’re been dealing with schools that have been neglected for so long, and because as a democratic union we had a pretty big process for all sorts of constituents to say what they wanted to see in the contract. And on top of that, we’ve had a process of working with the community developing these common good demands.

And so the agreement is complex and there’s a lot there. I think it’s a victory on many levels.

Going back to last Monday, [LAUSD Superintendent] Austin Beutner’s offer was to tie our raise to making it more difficult for new hires to get their lifetime health benefit. That was a condition of giving us a raise. Also last Monday, the only staffing they were offering to our schools was one person per school for one year only. Let’s say your school needed a nurse, a counselor and a librarian: you’d have to choose and that was only funded for one year. Read more!


RANK & FILE RADIO: IMPROVING HANDI-TRANSIT AND SIDEWALK CLEARING

Allen Mankewich has over 15 years of experience working in the public and non-profit sector, working on a number of different disability-related initiatives. A highlight of his career was participating in the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program in 2015, where he learned how advocates, disability organizations and different levels of government work together so people with disabilities in the United States can exercise their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more!


WHY WE OCCUPIED OUR GENERAL MOTORS FACTORY IN OSHAWA

General Motors has announced it will end production at five North American plants, just a decade after the company received billions of dollars in U.S. and Canadian taxpayer money and won sweeping concessions from auto unions as part of the bailout.

All told, about 6,700 hourly and salaried employees stand to lose their jobs as the lines stop at Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Michigan, and Lordstown Assembly in Ohio. Meanwhile the company is posting billions in profits. Read more!


CHILDREN AT RISK AS NOVA SCOTIA'S CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM IS ON THE BRINK, UNION AND SOCIAL WORKERS SAY

By Robert Devet

Child welfare services in Nova Scotia are underfunded to such an extent that Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable families are suffering.

That was the urgent message delivered in unison by Jason Maclean, president of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) and Alec Stratford, executive director of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) at a press conference this morning. Read more!

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