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The Covid-19 Roller Coaster and the Return to On-Site Work

It’s been a difficult, stressful period for most of us dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic for more than a year now.  We’ve learned new skills, done emergency professional development to address our dramatically transformed work landscapes, tried to be there for students experiencing difficulties, and watched as the chaotic events of the last couple of [...]

Key California Budget and Legislative Updates

After months of foreboding that the California state budget would be a nightmare filled with cuts for our schools and colleges due to revenue loss during the pandemic, things turned around quite dramatically.  Unforeseen revenue came in as a result of Proposition 30/55 taxes on the wealthy who did extraordinarily well during the pandemic, while, [...]

Union Workers Saw Less Job Loss in 2020 Pandemic Year

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) documents that while unionization rates have continued to decline, “union workers have seen less job loss than non-union workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.” As the EPI analysis outlines: “Where workers have been able to act collectively and bargain through their union, they have been able to [...]

Help is On the Way: How the Biden Administration Will Help Higher Education While Increasing Economic Opportunity and Lessening Inequality

After four years of neglect and/or outright hostility toward American higher education, the Biden Administration promises to reverse this trend by delivering a surge of aid to American colleges and universities hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic crisis.  Billions of dollars of aid have been included in the $1.9 trillion relief package [...]

The News on the California Education Budget is Good . . . For Now

Last spring, the forecast for the California budget was gloomy to apocalyptic.  With the pandemic raging seemingly endlessly, state budgets crumbling in the face of the crisis, and no significant help on the way from the Federal government for states and municipalities, there was little reason for hope.  Indeed, with the Republicans actively arguing against [...]

California Democrats Need to Do the Right Thing, Call a Special Session on Revenue, and Tax the Über Rich to Avoid Catastrophic Cuts to Education and Vital Social Services

The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent economic collapse along with the national uprising against police brutality and systemic racism have cast a glaring light on the nature of American inequality on the healthcare, criminal justice, and economic fronts.  It has never been clearer that as most Americans struggle, the elite thrive.  As a Forbes piece put [...]

AFT 1931 Resolution Supporting Progressive Tax Bills in the 2020 Legislative Session

Whereas, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the wealth inequality that has existed in the State of California by not only forcing millions of Californians into the unemployment line, but also allowing the ultra-wealthy to collect pandemic profits in the stock market rebound; and Whereas, 14.9% of Californians are currently unemployed, with a majority of job [...]

Labor Day in the Midst of a National Crisis: Dreaming of a Just Recovery

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, but how many of us have any idea where the holiday came from or what it celebrates?  The first Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882 in New York City and was proposed by the Central Labor Union (CLU) at a time when American workers were struggling [...]

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