Arming the Teachers.
The gun debate rages after the mass shooting in Florida, with surviving students leading the charge in a new movement for gun control. President Trump has pushed for arming teachers, aligning himself with the gun lobby. Teacher union leaders call the idea absurd: “let the teachers teach” and arm teachers with books and educational materials. Will Congress take action?
Guests: Eugenio Weigend Vargas, Associate Director, Gun Violence Prevention Team, Center for American Progress, Washington, DC; Rocío Inclán, Senior Director, Center for Social Justice, National Education Association, Washington, D.C.
New Showdown on Union Fees. The US Supreme Court heard arguments in the Janus vs. AFSCME case, a challenge by anti-union groups to public-sector union fees that help them pay for the costs of collective bargaining with state and local governments. Plaintiffs argue their rights to free speech and free association are being violated. Union members hold today hundreds of events around the country protesting the threat to their right to unite in unions.
Guest: Roxanne Sanchez, President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California, Oakland, CA.
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