Tag Archives: Collective Bargaining Agreement

What the Right Couldn’t Take

The present condition of politics in education is gloomy. School workers report high levels of stress, health problems, and thoughts of abandoning their career. Many pinpoint the source — a lack of respect for the profession that has become the new … Continue reading

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Ready, Set, Bargain!

Approximately 250 people filled the McDaniels Auditorium in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Administration building last Thursday night to advocate for the teachers’ right to a place at the bargaining table. Thirty people signed up to speak, including Representative … Continue reading

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Respect for Workers Means a Place at the Table

As the MTI red and AFSCME green packed the meeting room and the halls of the MMSD Administration Building Monday night, I couldn’t help but think that we’d been here before. The budget was on the work committee’s agenda, but … Continue reading

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Wanted: Courageous Defenders of Public Education

Teachers continue to be the greatest defenders of public education. It is not an accident that groups wishing to under-fund or privatize public education are the same groups attacking educators. Unfortunately, these public school “deformers” have found their way onto … Continue reading

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Merit Pay Undermines Public Education

The first week of school has just concluded, and my new principal has held true to his word by spending time out in the classrooms. After school on Friday, a coworker came up to me to let me know that … Continue reading

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From Chicago to Madison: Unions Protect All Our Students

I didn’t know what to expect as I headed out to the Labor Temple last Wednesday to hear Becca Kelly, a member of the Chicago Teacher Union (CTU) speak. I knew that a strike seemed imminent. In an amazing show … Continue reading

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