Give the money back, Mayor de Blasio

New York Post

Maybe Mayor de Blasio’s spokesman is right: There’s “zero” connection between the sweetheart deal the teachers union won from the city and $350,000 its parent union donated to Mayor Bill’s Super PAC.

Playing Politics at Teachers’-Union Conventions

By Lauren Camera, Education Week

My colleagues over at Teacher Beat, Stephen Sawchuk and Liana Heitin, crushed coverage of the recent National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers annual conferences. Since we’re heading into the midterm election season, it’s no surprise that both the NEA and the AFT played some political hardball.

A Rare Win For The Unions? Staples Abandons Postal Service Trial

By Tom Gara, Kris Maher and Drew Fitzgerald, The Wall Street Journal

The labor movement hasn’t had the best 2014 so far, with a bruising defeat for the UAW in its attempts to organize auto workers in the South, and an ominous Supreme Court ruling for public sector unions. But today, the American Postal Workers Union and its allies seem to be making progress in an important battle.