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  • Randi’s Underlings Spend $4.8 Million Influencing New York

    Posted on Apr 08, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The New York affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers—the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and NYC’s United Federation of Teachers (UFT)—are big-time political players in the Empire State. Randi Weingarten, the AFT’s national president, first rose through the ranks—and first waged war on school reformers—as president of the UFT. Lobbying disclosure filings from […]

  • New York Governor Hits Randi’s Henchmen

    Posted on Mar 26, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic Governor of New York, has had his hands full with agitation by the American Federation of Teachers Local 2, the United Federation of Teachers. Cuomo sits more on the “reform” side of the internal debate in his party between the teachers unions (who have the ear of City Mayor Bill de […]

  • AFT Chicago Local Pushes Left-Wing Teaching

    Posted on Mar 21, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Remember Karen Lewis? She is the radical President of the Chicago Teachers Union, American Federation of Teachers Local 1, which made national headlines in 2012 for going on citywide strike. (Our thoughts on that action aren’t subtle: You don’t block the schoolhouse door to stop reform of one of America’s lowest-performing school districts.) Lewis is […]

  • Bill Followed Randi to the Cliff: Will He Jump?

    Posted on Mar 19, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    News from New York, the city whose most vulnerable kids are under siege from Randi Weingarten and the American Federation of Teachers: A new Quinnipiac Poll finds a majority of New Yorkers disapprove of the education policies of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has followed Randi’s radical agenda chapter and verse. While de Blasio’s overall […]

  • Randi Runs as Radical Stances Meet Blowback in NYC

    Posted on Mar 14, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Today, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will be in Kiev rallying for the interim government of Ukraine, far from the controversies she left in New York. We’re not sure how this helps teachers or students in the U.S., but if she wants to support the Ukrainians we suppose that’s her prerogative. It’s a […]

  • The New York Times Flubs Union Political Funding

    Posted on Mar 12, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    With money in politics looking to be a major theme in Democratic Party messaging for the fall election, their friends are finding themselves trying to explain away the fact that over the past quarter-century the largest spenders on federal political candidates are (largely) labor unions, which are overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning. That has led many to get […]

  • Illinois Law Meets Randi’s Radicalism

    Posted on Mar 07, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Illinois public schools are required by state law to administer the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in order to track schools’ progress in educating students. And wherever accountability threatens to break the cushy teachers union monopoly, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten can be trusted to complain. Sure enough, Randi has backed an effort […]

  • Weingarten’s War on Reform Slams Pennsylvania Kids

    Posted on Feb 27, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    The American Federation of Teachers and its boss, Randi Weingarten, have waged a national war on public school reform that spans decades. Driven by the maxim, “Nice political career you have, shame if anything were to happen to it,” the nation’s most militant teachers union fights advocates for better public schools from New York to […]