California Federation of Teachers wants changes in the pension system
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Federation of Teachers held its convention in Costa Mesa March 23-25. Delegates set the union’s agenda for the coming year in the form of 29 resolutions. These covered a wide array of issues from kindergarten class sizes to limiting the number of administrators in adult...
By Mike Antonucci | April 17, 2018
Antonucci: Where will the effects of a Janus ruling fall fastest and hardest?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Within the next 12 weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling in the case of Janus v. AFSCME. Considering the ideological composition of the court, it is widely assumed that the justices will end the practice of public employee unions collecting representation fees from non-members....
By Mike Antonucci | April 10, 2018
Antonucci: Here’s the status of teacher contracts in California’s 8 largest school districts
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. With teacher strike fever in the air, it is worth checking to see to what extent California will catch the bug. An examination of the state’s eight largest school districts reveals that while Los Angeles and San Diego school workers could potentially head to the picket lines,...
By Mike Antonucci | April 2, 2018
Antonucci: The California Teachers Association — the union other unions want to be
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The Los Angeles Times once called the California Teachers Association “arguably the most potent force in state politics.” I don’t think there is any argument about it. Its influence over education policy is legendary. CTA’s leverage over the state budget lifts it well beyond what other interest...
By Mike Antonucci | March 27, 2018
Antonucci: School unions gearing up for strikes, political campaigns
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The Los Angeles Unified School District is going to have its hands full dealing with employee contract issues, if the smoke signals emanating from local unions are any indication. SEIU Local 99, which represents some 30,000 LAUSD education support employees, is currently holding an all-member strike authorization...
By Mike Antonucci | March 20, 2018
Antonucci: How is UTLA spending that dues increase?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Two years ago, members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted by a large margin to raise their dues by 33 percent. UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl warned that if the increase failed, the union would be “bankrupt or dramatically weakened.” UTLA did have a dues system that was...
By Mike Antonucci | March 13, 2018