Chicago Teachers: We Won So Much More Than a Contract

Published by Teachers for Social Justice

In this strike, so much more was won than a contract. After 17 punishing years of corporate, neoliberal policies, Chicago teachers stood up, and they stood up for the whole country. This courageous strike was born of a new kind of teacher unionism – democratic, activist, allied with parents, and fighting not only for fair compensation but for a richer, more humane and just education. What has been accomplished in Chicago in the last few weeks has reverberated nationally. It powerfully demonstrated an alternative to business unionism and the whole corporate education agenda. There are new solidarities, forged on picket lines, among teachers and between teachers and students, parents, and community members. Through this strike, teachers have emerged as activists and organizers, and there is a deeper consciousness about the system we are confronting. We have felt a new sense of our power to shift the education agenda. These gains are deeper and more enduring than any contract provisions. We are so much stronger due to the strength and unity of the CTU and the outpouring of public support.

Read more: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=zrtvsujab&v=001u9MKVAvAK1x-veu_uVCbF1AvVBVP2y663k6U4bpn6avmjMUY57dzA8RLe4fxz8cL2XqdHCuh_9lGpAAvxyXqTmwvmQ1k5h94

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