Striking Back in Chicago

How Teachers Took on City Hall and Pushed Back Education "Reform"

After years in which teachers have been blamed for the problems of underfunded and understaffed schools, the Chicago teachers' strike of 2012 transformed the debate. From the overwhelming strike authorization vote that overcame anti-union legislation to repeated mass marches and protests, the Chicago Teachers Union showed teachers were determined to maker their voices heard in response to corporate-driven education reform.

About the author

Lee Sustar is labor editor for Socialist Worker/ His writings on economics and international affairs have appeared in the International Socialist Review, New Labor Forum, Znet, Counterpunch and other publications.


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