Past Event

Seeking Solutions Together: Using Collective Bargaining to Solve Fiscal Problems and Improve Quality

Mon, Mar 28 2011 - 6:30pm

Seeking Solutions Together: Using Collective Bargaining to Solve Fiscal Problems and Improve Quality of Services

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers; Former president, United Federation of Teachers
Bruce Fuller, Professor, Education and Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley - Moderator

A recent CNN report states that Republican officials across the country have made teachers’ unions “public enemy No. 1.” Now teachers and their Democratic legislative allies are taking to the streets to protest what they see as the erosion of unions' rights and other issues. As the fever that started in Wisconsin spreads across the country, school districts are suspending classes and Democratic state senators are on the lam. As governors, claiming excessive benefits and out-of-control waste, look toward teachers unions to trim state budgets, state legislatures are coming to a standstill and school districts are scrambling to find substitutes and childcare. Is a compromise possible? Or is this battle headed for an all-out war? Join Weingarten for a discussion of what's going on, and how teachers and state houses can solve this financial and educational crisis. Weingarten was named by New York magazine as one of the most influential people in education in New York state. Crain's New York Business called her one of the 25 most powerful women in New York City business.

Location: Lafayette Veterans Memorial Hall
Time: 5:45 p.m. networking reception, 6:30 p.m. program
Cost:
$22 standard, $12 members, $7 students (with valid ID), $7 teachers and school administrators
Also know: Photo by Flickr user Cndewald