By Nicole Mace, VTdigger.org

School boards have been active partners in legislative efforts to address education governance and funding this session, because they believe constructive changes are necessary to preserve a strong and sustainable public education system. The future of Vermont depends on achieving that goal. In order to meet the needs of today’s students, educators and communities, protecting the status quo is not an option.

SEIU strike to close some offices

By Pat Maio, utsandiego.com

About 250 workers with the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee, or MAAC Project — a charity that offers Head Start preschool classes and other services for the region’s poor and hungry — are staging a one-day work stoppage Tuesday over what employees say are unfair labor practices.

Unions Are Powerless. Workers Aren’t.

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

The long-simmering dispute between West Coast port owners and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union had already been settled, but everywhere I went at the International Home and Housewares Show, people were still talking about it.

National labor disputes to cast shadow over UAW talks

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press

More than 20,000 dockworkers on the West Coast are locked in a bitter labor dispute and oil industry workers are on the largest strike since 1980 just as the UAW plans a bargaining convention that will set the tone for contract talks with the Detroit Three later this year.

LAUSD teachers union moves closer toward a strike

By Thomas Himes, Los Angeles Daily News

After seven months and 18 rounds of cantankerous contract talks, Los Angeles Unified administrators and leaders of the district’s 35,000-member teachers union finally found common ground Wednesday when United Teachers Los Angeles made its first legally required step toward a strike.