Message of Condolences to the Workers of Sri Lanka
FISE, the World Federation of Teachers Union, condemns the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka and expresses its condolences to the workers and the families of the victims of the bombings of previous days in Sri Lanka .
The experience of workers around the world shows that such murderous acts are being exploited by mechanisms and states to promote policies and projects of imperialists and governments against peoples and workers.
Teachers, workers and students of the world united regardless of race, religion, color, gender, nationality stand together against the common enemy, exploitation and imperialism.
FISE stands by the people of Sri Lanka and expresses its solidarity.
Workers-Students-Parents Demonstration for Free-Public Education for All
With a big demonstration in front of the Parliament in Athens, workers Unions, Students and Parents Associations protested against the Education Bill of the SYRIZA Government that attacks both the rights of the students, the quality of education and the working conditions for Teachers.
The anti-people’s aims of the bill is also the reason why the SYRIZA Government attempted to vote the bill during the Spring Break holidays, so as to avoid reactions. However the massive response of the students-workers revealed their plans.
The demonstrators demanded the bill not to be voted. Strong raise of funding to Education. Decrease of the number of students per classroom. Steady jobs to all substitute teachers. Schools that will serve the contemporary needs of the children to education.
Rutgers Faculty and Grads Win Historic Contract!
April 17, 2019
Nearly 5,000 full-time faculty and graduate employees at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, won a tentative agreement on the brink of a strike.
New Brunswick, NJ, April 16, 2019—Nearly 5,000 full-time faculty and graduate employees at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, won a tentative agreement with truly historic and unprecedented accomplishments on the brink of a strike. After more than a year of bargaining, protests and pickets demanding race and gender equity, job security and dignity, members of the AAUP-AFT union were prepared to strike for their first time in the university’s 253-year history. The gains won by members—from grad workers to the most senior scholars and researchers are stunning.
“We made history today. For the first time in the union’s nearly 50-year history, we won equal pay for equal work for female faculty, faculty of color, and for faculty in the Newark and Camden campuses. We won significant pay raises for our lowest paid members, our graduate employees who will see their pay increase from $25,969 to $30,162 over the course of the contract,” said Deepa Kumar, President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT
“In other historic firsts, the union won $20 million for diversity hiring and a guarantee of a workplace free of harassment and stalking, enforced with binding arbitration. Academic freedom now applies to social media,” she added.
Rising student solidarity efforts, boldly expressed these last weeks on picket lines, social media and in classrooms helped secure this contract.
“Graduate employees and Non-Tenure Track (NTT) faculty won greater job security. NTT faculty will enjoy multi-year contracts for terms up to seven years. For the first time ever the union will avail of a grievance procedure for NTTs – and with binding arbitration. Furthermore, in this climate of insecurity for immigrants, the union worked hard to revise the University’s ‘no-green card’ policy, Rutgers may now sponsor NTT faculty for permanent residency” said David Hughes, Vice=President of chair of the AAUP-AFT and chair of its bargaining team.
United together, grads and faculty tackled ave begun to reverse the deep precarity of TAs/GAs. The AAUP-AFT won protections against the conversion of TAships to poorly paid Part-Time Lecturer positions, making $5,178 without health care. Before completing coursework and qualifying exams, any PhD student who teaches must be employed as a Teaching Assistant.
“Nearly 3,000 Part-Time Lecturers still await a contract, fair salaries, and health care,” added David Hughes. Our full-time faculty and graduate members will continue to do everything in our collective ability to help win significant raises and health care for our adjunct colleagues, starting immediately. We call on our members, students and allies to join us Wednesday, April 17, for Solidarity actions on all campuses. In New Brunswick, join us at 4pm at the new Paul Robeson Plaza at seminary and College Ave. In Camden, meet at 11:20am at at the Walt Whitman statue in front of the camden Student Center. In Newark, meet at 2:30pm on the steps of the Robeson Student Center.
Sacramento Teacher Strike Is a Warning to #RedForEdMovement Everywhere
By Jeff Bryant*
The enduring RedForEd movement that has spurred teachers to walk out of schools, organize massive labor actions, and stage protests in streets and state capitols has resulted in big victories for teachers in terms of new labor-friendly contracts, increased teacher pay, and improved conditions in schools. But there’s a danger these victories could be undone. That’s the warning coming from teachers in Sacramento who are threatening to walk off the job over alleged violations of their collective bargaining agreement with the district.
Much like other teacher actions that have occurred across the nation, Sacramento teachers are demanding changes to their salaries, reduced class sizes, and increases in school support staff including more nurses, psychologists, librarians, and program specialists. But unlike other teacher walkouts, what’s happening in Sacramento is a replay of what they thought they had already won.
“We thought we had an agreement when we threatened to strike last year,” David Fisher tells me in a phone conversation. Fisher is the president of the Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA), which threatened a walkout in November 2017 of the previous school year. Continue reading
Dear Colleagues of PTU,