Tag: Teachers

  • Ontario Teachers Ramp Up the Pressure on the Tories

    Ontario teachers are ramping up their fight against the Tories’ 18-month attack on public education. On Tuesday, public elementary teachers stepped up their work-to-rule refusing, for example, to participate in performance evaluations, plan new field trips, buy school supplies on their own time and register for additional qualifications courses. Yesterday, many Ontario Secondary teachers staged … Keep reading »

  • What a Teachers’ Movement Can Look Like

    By following the example of Los Angeles teachers in their recent victorious strike, teachers around the country can roll back free-market education reform. Keep reading »

  • The War on Public School Teachers

    New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics The U.S. working-class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Finally, however, in February, 2011, workers in Wisconsin began the famous uprising that electrified the country, revolting in large numbers against Governor Scott Walker’s efforts to destroy the state’s … Keep reading »

  • Why I’m Voting No: OSSTF and Ontario Teachers

    Teachers in Ontario may not know it, but their actions in this coming week will have huge ramifications for unionized workers across Ontario and across the country. We stand poised either to hold the line against the austerity agenda and mounting attacks on workers, or pave the way for escalating attacks on the labour movement. … Keep reading »

  • ‘Class’ Warfare: A Primer on the Chicago Teachers Strike

    An estimated 30,000 public school teachers in Chicago walked off the job on Monday for the first time since 1987, leaving 350,000 students in limbo. Chicago has the third-largest school district in the United States and it is the city where President Obama launched his presidential bid. There are national stakes involved, like the election … Keep reading »

  • Chicago Teachers Draw a Line

    Can the scrappy band of outsiders that now heads the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) lead the kind of high-stakes fight that most labour unions have ducked? That question looms large – not just for the city’s teachers, students and their parents, but for the entire labour movement. Because while both private- and public-sector unions are … Keep reading »

  • BC Teachers’ Federation – On Strike

    What should we make of the current teachers’ job action in British Columbia? The short answer: B.C. teachers are very courageous in taking a stand. A longer answer: Teachers’ actions have initiated an important public debate that is significantly raising consciousness, mostly about reduced standards in public education. There is a lot of support for … Keep reading »