Chicago teachers didn’t get everything they wanted after their two-week strike. But they won significant gains that will improve students’ education — and they electrified the city with their solidarity.
Rebecca Burns is an assistant editor at In These Times and a Chicago-based reporter and housing activist.
The Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 are poised to strike in Chicago. This is no ordinary educators’ strike: the two unions are fighting together for an end to poverty wages in schools; forcing the district to hire more social workers, nurses, and librarians; and winning housing relief for both teachers and homeless students.
We may come to see this year’s Labor Day as the first of a new era of progress for the labor struggle. Here are five reasons to be hopeful about the state of the workers’ movement.
Wall Street has developed new forms of housing discrimination to profit off communities of color.
Debtors of the world, unite?