On Monday in Chicago, a new generation of working class activists hit the picket lines in the city’s first teacher strike in a quarter century. In contrast to the 1980s (when the CTU struck three times) this will be the first strike that most current teachers have ever participated in. It will be a strike with broad support from the city’s working class neighborhoods and from the ranks of its labour organisations.
When the CTU strikes next week it will be a rebuttal, 26,000 strong, to the anti-union think tanks and billionaire front groups who said that there would never be another teacher strike in Chicago. The Chicago teachers strike will be a historic showdown between one of strongest public sector unions in the United States today in the city where the modern era of union-busting "education reform" was hatched.
The comrades of the Solidarity be posting live updates and reporting from the strike. Over the week, check back their site for photos, news from the picket line, interviews with union members and activists, and more.
For up to date news visit SOLIDARITY.
Also see the teachers’ own website at http://www.ctunet.com/for-members/strike-central and send them a message of support from your union and/or anti-cuts group