Samantha Winslow

Imagine being removed from your workplace for misconduct—without being told what you did wrong. Imagine waiting years to find out whether you can return.

Three Myths of Teacher Tenure

In my five years organizing with non-union health care workers who wanted to join the union, job security was always one of their top issues. But when it comes to teachers having job security, the myths kick in.

Midterm elections were mostly bad news for workers and unions. But when voters saw working-class issues directly on the ballot, like raising the minimum wage or guaranteeing sick leave, they voted for them.

Teacher, student, and parent protests in suburban Denver drew national attention to a battle against curriculum censorship—but it took several blows to come to this point.

Workers at the North Carolina Cummins diesel engine plant won wage increases this summer—even without having a recognized union or majority union support inside their shop.

Here's how the controversial Common Core standards, pushed by the Gates Foundation and now in force in 45 states, are affecting day-to-day work in the classroom.

Harris v. Quinn has struck down agency fees for Illinois's home care union, finding the workers to be only "quasi-public employees." The ruling sets the stage for future challenges to dues requirements in the rest of the public sector.

Report: Charters Creating Two-Tier Education

As an antidote to the “grow grow grow” mentality of the elected officials and business leaders pushing charter schools, a recent report by University of Oregon professor and political economist Gordon Lafer outlines what’s wrong with privatization of public schools.

The report, titled Do Poor Kids Deserve Lower-Quality Education than Rich Kids? Evaluating School Privatization Proposals in Milwaukee, focuses on the model of Rocketship, a national charter elementary school organization that hopes to expand its Milwaukee footprint to eight schools by 2018.

The new statewide president of the 110,000-member Massachusetts teachers’ union made her name leading a standardized test boycott.

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