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The latest news about unions in education, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran Orange County, Calif., public school teacher, was the lead plaintiff in a suit by nonunion teachers opposed to paying service fees to the California Teachers Association.
—Greg Schneider/The Center for Individual Rights/AP

Fee-Payer Issue Still Alive, Despite Close Call for Unions

The U.S. Supreme Court's deadlock in a case over teachers' union fees for non-members was a relief for organized labor, but cases on the issue still percolate in the lower courts. (April 12, 2016)

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Members of Colorado's largest teachers' union plan to protest U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos when she visits Denver, reportedly to address the American Legislative Exchange Council at its annual meeting.
July 18, 2017 – McClatchy-Tribune
Lily Eskelsen García sat down with Education Week to talk about the National Education Association’s engagement with the U.S. secretary of education, the threat posed by a looming U.S. Supreme Court case, and the union’s new, tougher charter-school policy.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
Teachers in a spate of urban charter schools are unionizing and the National Education Association is expected to take up the issue at its annual meeting.
June 30, 2017 – Education Week
Massive spending to secure a pro-charter majority on one city's school board could embolden proponents of charter schools to do the same in other cities and states.
May 31, 2017 – Education Week
Despite pouring money and muscle into campaigns from the White House race on down, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association notched limited gains on Election Day.
November 16, 2016 – Education Week
Along with official endorsements, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is getting shoe-leather help from teachers' union members doing door-to-door campaigning.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
Failure to reach a deal could send teachers in the nation’s third-largest district onto the streets for a second mass walkout in four years.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
Teachers' union and school officials in the Buffalo, N.Y., district are working to hammer out a new labor agreement to replace one that expired a dozen years.
October 12, 2016 – Education Week
The Vergara lawyers' strategy of casting tenure laws as a violation of students' rights has provided a blueprint for continuing debate, experts say.
August 31, 2016 – Education Week
Affirmative action, teachers' union fees, and deportation relief for undocumented parents of U.S. citizen children were among the top education-related issues in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent term.
July 20, 2016 – Education Week

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