POLITICS 07/12/2018 04:56 pm ET Workers at the NAF Hotline Fund have long complained about meager salaries and tough working conditions. By Molly Redden In most political battles, the National Abortion Federation and labor unions find themselves on the same side. But not when it comes to the NAF’s employees. The group, which is one of the country’s leading reproductive rights organizations, has stood in the way of its workers’ attempts to form a union for months, including by contriving a dispute before the National Labor Relations Board that prevented the board from scheduling a vote on unionization, labor organizers say. In a scorching July 2 letter to the NAF’s board, officials with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild blasted the NAF’s actions as “anti-progressive, anti-employee, anti-union.” “It is entirely immoral and unacceptable to lay claim to a so-called organizational mission … which promotes health and … [Read more...] about National Abortion Federation Fought A Union Drive For Months. Then Its Board Got A Letter.
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Students, state board of education leaders protest renaming of Mexican-American studies course By Allie Morris, Austin Bureau June 12, 2018 Updated: June 12, 2018 12:32pm Photo: 2011 Getty Images Image 1of/16 CaptionClose Image 1 of 16 Proposed textbook causes uproarA 54-page report has found more than 140 errors in a controversial textbook, entitled "Mexican American Heritage," that has been proposed for social studies classes in Texas public schools.Click through the gallery to see some of the errors identified by a committee of educators and historians. less Proposed textbook causes uproar A 54-page report has found more than 140 errors in a controversial textbook, entitled "Mexican American Heritage," that has been proposed for social studies classes in Texas ... more Photo: 2011 Getty Images Image 2 of 16 Quote from … [Read more...] about Students, state board of education leaders protest renaming of Mexican-American studies course
JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri Senate sent a strong message to scandal-weakened Gov. Eric Greitens Tuesday, rejecting one of his nominees to the state school board.After multiple senators pledged to use their filibuster powers to block the confirmation of Eddy Justice to the school board, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, withdrew the nomination from debate.The maneuver by Richard after just 20 minutes of debate was an expected outcome that was months in the making after Greitens angered lawmakers and the state’s education community when he used his appointment powers to stack the board last year.After cycling through 10 appointees, the Republican governor finally found five willing to fire state school Commissioner Margie Vandeven. It was never clear why Greitens wanted her out, other than he was planning to bring in one of his own to run the state's education bureaucracy.Greitens, who is grappling with two felony charges in St. Louis Circuit Court, did … [Read more...] about Missouri Senate dumps Greitens’ school board appointee
The Florida school district home to the Parkland school where a former student gunned down his classmates and teachers officially declined to arm school personnel despite new laws that would fund training and allow certain staff to carry guns. Broward County’s school board on Tuesday voted against participating in the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program — named for the football coach who died during the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, according to CBS Miami. Gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and injured more than a dozen before he was arrested by authorities later the same day. In the nearly two months since, student survivors of the deadly event have become fierce advocates for gun safety, calling on lawmakers to implement stricter regulations and bans. In response, Florida Gov. Rick Scott in March signed a $400 million safety package into law, which includes $67 million to train and arm school personnel willing to carry guns. … [Read more...] about Parkland school board rejects gun law passed in honor of shooting victims
Maggie Fernández showed up at last week's Miami Sea Level Rise Committee meeting with a simple pitch. Her group, the grassroots Miami Climate Alliance, wants the city to account for all the money it spends battling rising seas. Her group encourages cities to potentially sue oil companies and carbon polluters to pay their bills instead of raising residents' taxes — but last week, she was just asking the city to make a spreadsheet tallying up the money it was spending to fight against sea-level rise. That creative idea was not met with enthusiasm. In fact, the committee's head, local lawyer Wayne Pathman, shot Fernández down and, oddly, told her the board had no role in going after carbon polluters. Then, another board member, architect Reinaldo Borges, lobbed insults at Fernández and told her to never come back — all because she asked the committee to push harder to fight climate change and criticized the group for a lack of … [Read more...] about Member of Miami Sea Level Rise Committee Berated Climate Activist Until She Cried