Category Archives: Jobs

Attorney General Abbott’s Got a Problem with Enforcing Equal Pay for Equal Work

A few days ago we reported that Attorney General Greg Abbott, as he campaigns for governor, has been dodging media questions about his views on a Texas Equal Pay Act, which would make enforcement of equal pay for equal work … Continue reading

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Enforcing the Right to Equal Pay for Equal Work: Which Side Are You On, Attorney General Abbott?

Attorney General Greg Abbott gave a lengthy non-answer in a weekend interview when asked if, as governor, he would veto a Texas Equal Pay Act enforcing the right of Texas women to equal pay for equal work. Texas AFT President … Continue reading

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Of Misleading Comparisons and False Narratives—Debunking the “Skills Gap”

A new international survey of adult skills purports to show that American workers are slipping behind those in other industrial countries. The “Skills Outlook 2013″ report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tells us that American adults are … Continue reading

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Check Your Mailbox—New “American Teacher” Features Candidate Comparisons, Voting Records, and More

Texas AFT members, keep an eye out for the arrival in your home mailbox of the latest issue of “American Teacher,” the bi-monthly magazine for AFT teachers. It’s loaded with information directly relevant to your voting decisions in the November 6 … Continue reading

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AFT’s Answer to Attacks on Public Education, Public Services: “Solution-Driven Unionism”

AFT President Randi Weingarten kicked off the American Federation of Teachers national convention in Detroit on Friday with a call for “solution-driven unionism” that answers ongoing attacks on public education and public-sector workers with problem-solving policy initiatives of our own. … Continue reading

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TEA Rule on Financial Exigency Delayed

The Texas Education Agency has issued a notice that it needs more time to come up with a final version of its proposed standards for district declarations of financial exigency. A school district, by declaring such a financial emergency and … Continue reading

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U.S. Senators From Texas Let Teachers Down—Let Them Know You’re Watching

Late Thursday night, the U.S. Senate held a critical vote on the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act. Your two U.S. senators from Texas—Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn—helped block an up-or-down vote on the bill, voting instead … Continue reading

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Putting Teachers and First Responders Back to Work

AFT e-activists have sent more than 25,000 letters to Congress and made thousands of phone calls urging the passage of the American Jobs Act, and the Senate is listening. Will you join them? We need the next letter to come … Continue reading

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