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Karen Lewis, RIP

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On February 8, 2021
Karen Lewis, the amazing head of the Chicago Teachers Union who took on Rahm Emanuel and inspired a new generation of teacher militancy, has died. Former teachers union President Karen Lewis has died. Lewis, a Hyde Park native, was a passionate and vocal advocate for Chicago’s teachers and students for years, even as Chicago Public […]
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The Chicago Teachers Union victory is a big one in the recent strike wave. I didn’t write about it much because I didn’t have a lot to say that others weren’t saying better. And also because this semester is hell and I don’t have a lot of time. But I did want to at least […]

Strikes Work!

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On October 29, 2019

The latest teacher strike wave is continuing, mostly notably in Chicago. Teachers in Dedham, Massachusetts just went on strike for 3 days and won most of their demands. I was interviewed for this Bost

Strikes Work

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On September 1, 2019

The Las Vegas teachers threatened a strike. You probably didn’t hear about because near-strikes don’t get much media coverage. And also because the city caved entirely in the face of the f

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The Oakland Teachers Strike

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On February 28, 2019
The teachers’ strike movement has moved to Oakland, which is receiving surprisingly little media attention compared to all the other recent strikes. Sarah Jones has a good run-down on what it is about and what is going on: Meager pay. Crowded classrooms. A ratio of one counselor for every 600 students. The Oakland Education Association […]

Strikes Work

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On February 19, 2019

Boom! West Virginia's educators just won their strike! A few minutes ago, they forced the House to kill the Republicans' pro-privatization bill, 53-45. Strikes work — check out this video of

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The Teacher Strike Wave

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On February 14, 2019
In case you don’t realize just how massive the teacher strike wave has been, 2018 saw the most workers strike in the United States since 1986. Teachers make up a huge percentage of them, as you can see from the graph at the top of the post. And given the L.A. and Denver teacher strikes, […]
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