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Chicago’s Impending Teacher Strike is Ten Years in the Making
I am a retired elementary art teacher, union guy, political activist, artist and blogger. I taught for 28 years in Park Ridge, Illinois and was President of the local union for 10 years.
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I was active as a supporter of the strike, both on the street and within my own union. I take some of the blame for that.
Some of my friends say I give the leadership too much credit. That their stupidity and incompetence trumps their collaborationism. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:.
Strike for America
The network rebranded as Acero. Wage parity with district-run schools was a central demand at the bargaining table. Also demanded by Acero teachers were smaller class sizes the CTU and management agreed to lower the cap on class sizes from 32 to 30 and strong language to keep Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ice officials out of the mostly Latino schools.
Nationally, charter teachers earn far less than traditional public school teachers. If other charter teachers look at the Acero example and see a way to close their pay gap between regular public schools and wrest some power out of the hands of charter operators, they could embrace teachers unions and militant actions like strikes.
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Without such a pliant, cheap workforce, education privatizers could lose their incentive to keep spreading charters. The CTU struck in and And was the year of the teachers strike. West Virginia teachers kicked things off in February with illegal strikes highlighting low teacher pay and abysmal classroom conditions.
These strikes were often unsanctioned and occasionally in defiance of both official union leadership and the law — differing from cities like Chicago as well as Los Angeles and Oakland , where teachers strikes are also brewing. In those cities, public-sector workers have stronger collective bargaining rights and thus more opportunities to improve work conditions at the bargaining table. In both cases, teachers have fought against public education budget cuts at a time of upward redistribution of wealth, hollowing out of public goods and assault by a plundering billionaire class — and won.
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Public school teachers across America have learned this year that they can beat back attacks by Republicans and center-left Democrats through withholding their labor. Acero teachers just showed that charter educators, too, can stand up to the billionaire-backed model. Topics US education Opinion.