Percentage of unionized U.S. public sector workers
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Number of U.S. children living in poverty in 2012, which represents nearly 22 percent of all Americans under age 18, according to latest Census Bureau
data. Total Americans living in poverty: 46.5 million.
The average total compensation in 2012 for CEOs of the companies in the S&P 500 Index. That is 354 times the average wages of rank-and-file workers in 2012, according to AFL-CIO research
$877 vs. $663
The weekly median earnings of U.S. union women employees versus nonunion women, based on AFL-CIO research
Percentage of unionized public sector workers nationwide, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
“After 33 years, I am still excited about going to school every day. I enjoy watching the light bulbs go on when students get it, and the personal connections I can make with them. The main goals I set for all my students are to become the best people they possibly can, show integrity and empathy toward others, and to lead a healthy and active life.”
—Barbara J. Kaufman, PE teacher and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District Teachers Association member, one of 36 Santa Clara County Teachers of the Year for 2013.
“We have many schools, districts, and some counties in California that have no teacher librarians at a time in education history when our kids, our state, and our country desperately need them. Their expertise is crucial to the transformative implementation of both 21st century skills and Common Core State Standards.”
—Glen Warren, a certified teacher librarian and Orange Unified Education Association member, in a Sept. 30 news story about the California credentialed school librarian shortage affecting Common Core implementation.
“As a member of the California Teachers Association, founded in 1863, I know the teachers who came before me made a difference for every child at every level of California’s public schools and colleges.”
—Tracy Jimenez-Bedolla, a sixth-grade teacher at Sunnyslope Elementary in Hollister, speaking in a CTA radio ad launched on 89 stations in September.
“The Los Angeles Unified School District did the right thing by setting some new requirements for parent trigger petitions for school reform. But the small changes a local district can make don’t go nearly far enough to amend a sloppily written and poorly implemented state law.”
—From the Sept. 20 Los Angeles Times editorial calling on the Legislature and State Board of Education to fix the flawed, unfair parent trigger law.
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