Samantha Winslow

Teachers across Hawaii are getting the attention of school officials and their state legislature by exercising an old union tactic, work-to-rule. Two years after an imposed contract stuck them with wage and benefit cuts, the teachers are building momentum to win a better deal.

Union-backed ballot measures, including minimum wage increases and taxes on the rich, fared well around the country yesterday, with an exception in Michigan and an uncertain outcome in Phoenix. Here's a round-up.