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 Post subject: Chicago Teacher's Union joins Fight for 15 and BLM
PostPosted: Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:53 am 
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In an excitingly recent development the Chicago Teacher's Union, Fight for 15 and Black Lives Matter have decided to join up in a one day strike against state budget cuts.

http://prospect.org/article/chicago-tea ... y-strike-0

Definitely heartwarming to see a broad cross section of labor coming together here.

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As a side note we also have this coming up on April 14th it appears as well: http://fightfor15.org/april-14-our-bigg ... -protests/

So this raises the question, what do you guys think about the current organizing drives in the fast food sector (and other service sector jobs like Uber, etc).


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Teacher's Union joins Fight for 15 and BLM
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Arty's blog had a post about a service similar to Uber that may be of interest

http://thewolfatthedoor.blogspot.com/20 ... ivide.html

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Teacher's Union joins Fight for 15 and BLM
PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:33 am 
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Broletariat wrote:
Arty's blog had a post about a service similar to Uber that may be of interest

http://thewolfatthedoor.blogspot.com/20 ... ivide.html


I've got his blog on my RSS feed, still have yet to getting around to it, but hopefully soon.

More developments: http://www.workers.org/articles/2016/04 ... austerity/

This is an impressively broad cross-section of the working class coming together here.

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CTU President Karen Lewis, who received her teaching credentials at CSU, explained: “It’s not just us. This is not a moment. Brothers and sisters, this is a movement.”

Over 100 striking teachers at a Southwest Side school left the picket lines for a short time, but not for a rest. They marched over to the factory where Nabisco/Mondalez makes Oreo cookies. There, they joined forces with the Bakery Union (BCTGM) to oppose company plans to close the factory and move to Mexico, in order to undermine the union and drive down wages. The popular chant was “Teachers, Nabisco workers, we are with you!”

Four Chicago school buses ferried workers attending the national Labor Notes Conference to the Chicago Department of Aviation administration building, where airport workers are fighting for $15 and a union. Canadian postal workers, members of the United Electrical Workers union, printers, retired government workers and an airport worker from El Salvador, Magdalena Hernández Sitiapes, joined CTU members and airport workers.

A CDA official called security and demanded the group move away from the door, prompting a picket line. Those rallying then explained that the administration was refusing to meet with the unions.

Service Employees union Local 1 spokesperson, Izabela Miltko, told the April 1 Chicago Tribune, “Nearly 100 baggage handlers, custodians, cabin cleaners, security officers and wheelchair attendants walked off the job at O’Hare [Airport], joining their peers at eight other airports across the country participating in 24-hour strikes on March 31.”

At the mass rally outside the Illinois State Building downtown, CTU President Lewis spoke to the crowd of over 25,000. “This is what happens when we come together and stop fighting each other and know who our enemies are,” she said. “Instead of somebody telling us why we shouldn’t be in the streets, we should take the street.” The march then proceeded down Michigan Avenue, blocking traffic in a sea of red — the color of CTU shirts and hoodies.

This coming together of workers — from college professors to the most oppressed and exploited food workers to youth of color resisting police killings — is what solidarity looks like. Calling for a citywide strike against attacks happening across the state and around the world is how movements are built and victories are won.


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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Teacher's Union joins Fight for 15 and BLM
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Not necessarily about the OP, but the new direction that the Fight for 15 is taking in Seattle now that they've won the minimum wage reform.

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/arc ... 15/478347/


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It's great to see them continuing to make demands even after their original demands have been met.

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 Post subject: Re: Chicago Teacher's Union joins Fight for 15 and BLM
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Indeed it is, it reminds me of a quote that a friend would tell me when about how workers don't need to be pushed into desperate conditions to make gains and infact that can harm movements instead if they prove too demoralising or difficult to overcome, but rather that workers need to feel confident that what they can win what they're fighting for.

Will be interesting to see the rise in class struggle as the coming recession presses workers into a more desperate situation though. Probably not good though to be honest, but if people hear about struggles like the fight for 15 making gains like this it could inspire them to do the same.


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