|Lois Weiner May 16, 2013|
The union representing Greek secondary school teachers has asked for messages of support. The Greek government has banned its strike and other public employee unions have come out in support of the teachers. Mary Compton's newly-reconfigured website about teachers' global resistance to neoliberalism's destruction of public education has the information about the strike and how/where to send messages of support.
|Lois Weiner April 24, 2013|
Teachers at Garfield HS in Seattle, Washington are re-launching the MAP test boycott of the spring test with a press conference at which they will announce important developments. Garfield teachers are concerned that because evaluations are directly tied to the spring version of the test, the district will not give the same leeway for their boycott this spring.
|Lois Weiner April 23, 2013|
Student protests in defense of public education as a right are spreading across the globe. The courage young people are showing is remarkable, as they confront governments who do the bidding of bankers while pretending to put "students first." Student protests in Chile have resumed, with between 80,000 - 150,000 young people taking to the streets in Santiago, to demand free public education.
|Lois Weiner April 20, 2013|
In her informative blog, Diane Ravitch refers, correctly,to a "fawning interview" with Bill Gates. I think we have to move beyond these visceral reactions to understand why this is occurring. And to do that, we have to look at the international picture. I've been told that when I discuss this international picture, it sounds like I'm describing a "conspiracy." Heavens no! Conspiracies are secret, and this is a public project.
|Lois Weiner April 14, 2013|
Teachers are guilty of "labour terrorism"? Sounds too ridiculous to take seriously?
|Lois Weiner April 10, 2013|
As readers of New Politics and/or my new book probably know, I'm not bashful about criticizing the politics and policies of the international confederation of teachers unions, the Education International (EI). So what does it mean that the EI has just published my blog about what EI should be doing - but isn't?
|Lois Weiner April 6, 2013|
Preamble: Last weekend I spoke at the annual conference of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) in Liverpool, the UK's largest teachers union. Largest in Europe too, I think. (NUT - correct me if I'm wrong, please.)
|Lois Weiner March 24, 2013|
Rahm Emanuel has timed these school closings to frighten Chicago teachers, to punish them for their successful challenge to the rich and powerful who control Chicago's schools, to make Chicago teachers doubt their strength -- and to sway the upcoming union election.
|Dan La Botz March 17, 2013|
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is definitely on a roll. For Peña Nieto, the Institutional Revolutionary Party which he heads, and the business class that he represents, things could hardly be going better.
Even before becoming president, the former administration of Felipe Calderón of the even more conservative National Action Party (PAN) passed the Labor Law Reform sought by business organizations since the 1980s.
|Michael Hirsch March 11, 2013|
Logos, the online, on point and highly readable journal of modern society & culture features in its most recent issue a symposium on the future of US unions. In addition to a piece by me ["So Why Don't We Have Better Unions?"] are contributions from Melvin Dubofsky, Bill Fletcher Jr., and Steve Early and Rand Wilson. All worth reading. Enjoy.