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Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Astroturf Billionaires
by repost
Tuesday Sep 11th, 2012 2:09 AM
This video shows the history of the privatizers in Chicago and their operation to destroy public education for the profit of the billionaires.
Chicago Teachers Union Vs. Astroturf Billionaires

Published on Aug 16, 2012 by CTUTV1
The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students.

On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education—which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no Chicago public school experience—has pushed to add two weeks to the school year and 85 minutes to the school day, eliminate pay increases for seniority, evaluate teachers based on student test scores, and slash many other rights.

Teachers, parents and community supporters in Chicago have fought valiantly—marching, filling auditoriums at hearings and parent meetings, even occupying a school and taking over a school board meeting. Most recently, 98 percent of our members voted to authorize a strike. But now we find ourselves facing new opponents—national education privatizers, backed by some of the nation's wealthiest people. They are running radio ads, increasing press attacks, and mounting a PR campaign to discredit the CTU and the benefits of public education.

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by Solidarity
Tuesday Sep 11th, 2012 8:25 AM
Other Videos:
1. From Chicago Indymedia
Video from CORE and Labor Beat on history of Chicago teachers' strikes

CORE / Labor Beat (CIMC Repost)

Produced by CORE (the Caucus of Rank and File Educators of the Chicago Teachers Union) and Chicago's Labor Beat. Titled "CTU Strikes: 1968 - 1987", the video was made during the summer of 2012 in conjunction with the four CORE "Successful Chicago Strikes" forums. It is now up and available on YouTube.

The video contains interviews from retired Chicago Teachers Union members who participated in these strikes and historic archival visuals. Here is a 28 minute overview of the 1969-1987 period, as well as a brief summary of the years since then.

The video is available in DVD format from CORE for $10 (a part of this cost goes to build CORE and democracy in the CTU) from CORE

2. From Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE)
There is a video and news updates on this long overdue milestone strike.

As the first video states at the end, from 1987 to today, the Chicago Teachers Union had business union leadership. Now they have a determined chemistry teacher, Karen Lewis, elected from the ranks to lead this union, leading 26,000 teachers and staff (the school nurses belong to the teachers' union) on strike, in a school district of 400,000 children. The Chicago School Board is not elected; it is appointed by the mayor, who is Obama's buddy, Democrat Rahm Emanuel, a vicious anti-union privatization thug. The School Board is made up of wealthy people who have a vested interest in privatizing the schools via charter schools.

Ideally, the parents and the children can stay home, thereby shutting down Chicago in a general strike, long overdue. This country has allowed Democrats and Republicans to destroy it by never going on strike. That must end if humanity and the earth are to survive.

We need to see San Francisco Bay Area support for this important strike. No striker should go hungry or fail to pay their rent or mortgage.