Chicago teachers begin a three-day strike authorization vote today, the latest in their contract battle against Mayor Lori Lightfoot and education austerity. The strike, potentially joined this time by SEIU Local 73 school staff members, could be just as important as their 2012 victory against Rahm Emanuel.
Alan Maass is the editor of Socialist Worker.
In their 2012 strike, nearly 30,000 Chicago Teachers Union members planted a flag for labor militancy in public education. Today, they’re again on the verge of another strike — and they may be joined by 7,000 SEIU education workers.
Lori Lightfoot, Chicago's new mayor, ran as an anti-machine candidate that would shake things up in the deeply unequal city. But instead she's employing the same team as Rahm Emanuel — which could force the Chicago Teachers Union to call another strike.
The Chicago Teachers Union school representatives vote tomorrow on whether to suggest their membership approve their new contract or demand more.
The Verizon workers' campaign for union democracy set the stage for a successful strike.