Tag: Teacher’s Strike

  • Chicago Teachers Transform the City and the Labor Movement

    Chicago teachers and staff returned to the classrooms Friday November 1st, after more than two weeks on strike. Their walkout lasted longer than the city’s landmark 2012 strike, as well as those in Los Angeles and Oakland earlier this year. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike also lasted long enough for the season’s first snowstorm … Keep reading »

  • Teachers Lead in the Revolt Against Austerity

    The strikes aren’t just about pay. They’re a rejection of tax cuts for the wealthy and a rallying cry for public goods and services. Keep reading »

  • All Hands on Deck: The West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

    Dignity and respect are the root cause of every serious labor struggle. This was certainly the case in West Virginia’s unprecedented nine-day statewide education strike. When the workers won this past Tuesday, singing and dancing erupted among the thousands who packed the state capitol. Their final chant before leaving the building was, “Who made history? … Keep reading »

  • StrikeTown: Why Are Toronto University Workers On Strike?

    CUPE 3903 represents contract faculty, teaching assistants (TA) and graduate assistants at York University in Toronto, Canada. In August 2014, their collective agreement expired. Since then, teaching assistants and graduate assistants went out on legal strike, which is in its third week as of March 16, 2015. There are three core issues they are striking … Keep reading »

  • Austerity Strangles Ontario: the TA strikes in Context

    Austerity for working people and the accumulation of wealth in the corporate sector was sold as short-term pain for long-term gain. What we got of course was pain now, pain later, and never-ending pain if we don’t organize to end it. The continuous pressure on public and private sector workers seems now to be leading … Keep reading »

  • Chicago Teachers’ Strike

    Toronto — 18 September 2014. Jackson Potter, a co-founder of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) and a full time organizer for the Chicago Teachers’ Union, discusses how rank and file teachers led one of the most successful strikes in decades.

  • Teachers Teaching Teachers

    Toronto — 17 September 2014. Preparing for Tough Negotiations Moderated by Tim Heffernan. Q+A discussion with Helen Victoros and Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator/Organizer with the Chicago Teachers’ Union (CTU) and member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE). A public meeting organized for Teachers, by Teachers, Rank and File Education Workers Together (REWT), Labour … Watch video »

  • Win This Strike!

    Following his election as President of Unifor, Jerry Dias, rallying the troops, argued: “Unifor is here because it’s time to stop playing defence and start playing offence. It’s time to stop reacting and time to start acting. It’s time to set the agenda . . . We have to show our collective power.” Let us … Keep reading »

  • Teachers’ Strikes and the Fight Against Austerity in Ontario

    On January 3, Ontario Education Minister Laurel Broten announced that she will be imposing concessionary contracts on the province’s teachers. This is a drastic attack on collective bargaining rights that the teachers have said they will fight. It follows on the heals of the Liberal minority government’s Bill 115, “An Act to Implement Restraint Measures … Keep reading »

  • 7 Days that Shook Chicago: The 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike

    On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to suspend their first strike in 25 years, begun on the previous Monday, September 10 at 12:01 am. Many commentators from both left alternative publications and in the corporate press have observed that in an era of austerity when seemingly … Keep reading »

  • The Struggle Has Its Own Dynamic

    The Professors’ Strike at the Université du Québec à Montréal The seven-week strike of professors at the Université du Québec in Montréal (UQAM) ended on April 24, 2009 in a significant, if partial, victory. It is, unfortunately, a rare event in contemporary Quebec, and, for that matter, in North-America. It is therefore worth looking into this … Keep reading »

  • The Neoliberal University: Looking at the York Strike

    Placed neatly in the middle of a global economic maelstrom, it is near impossible to understand or predict what, if any, consequences the strike by 3500 odd teaching and research assistants and contract faculty at York University in Toronto (represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3903) will have for higher education in Ontario … Keep reading »