teacher union http://ripr.org en Unions and the Future of America's Middle Class http://ripr.org/post/unions-and-future-americas-middle-class <p>Today we celebrate the glorious history of the American labor movement. While unions have a storied past RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders what the future holds.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Labor Day in Rhode Island has long been more than a summer’s end holiday. For decades, union leaders and their members have celebrated a movement that assimilated immigrants, fought vigorously for better pay and working conditions and was a fulcrum in the creation of a strong middle class.</p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 21011 at http://ripr.org Unions and the Future of America's Middle Class Monday, February 4, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/monday-february-4-2013 <p>A Warwick man was working at the 2013 Super Bowl game. Tensions are flaring between the teachers unions and the Education Commissioner.&nbsp;&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning Podcast.&nbsp;</p><p><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%204Feb2013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 15:22:29 +0000 Lydia Rogers 9722 at http://ripr.org Duncan weighs in on RI’s Race to the Top programs and Providence schools http://ripr.org/post/duncan-weighs-ri-s-race-top-programs-and-providence-schools <div class="wp-caption alignleft" id="attachment_1981" style="width: 310px"><a href="http://wrnieducationblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/arne-duncan-credit-ralph-alswang.jpg"><img alt="" class="size-medium wp-image-1981" src="http://wrnieducationblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/arne-duncan-credit-ralph-alswang.jpg?w=300&amp;h=200" title="arne duncan credit Ralph Alswang" height="200" width="300"></a><p class="wp-caption-text">U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Photo by Ralph Alswang.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 18:35:56 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8412 at http://ripr.org