After eleven days rallying in the streets, the Chicago Teachers Union ended their strike and inked a tentative agreement with many hard-fought gains. We speak with teacher and organizer Kenzo Shibata and education scholar Lois Weiner about what the recent wave of teacher strikes signifies about union militancy today, how radical rank-and-file movements have reshaped teacher unions, the struggle to protect public schools from neoliberal reform agendas, and the wider role of public-sector unions in the community.
In other news, we look at Google workers taking action on climate change and immigrants’ rights, Instacart shoppers in revolt with Vanessa Bain, a labor mobilization at a Los Angeles museum, and the Little Rock teachers’ fight for bargaining power with Kimberley Crutchfield. With recommended reading about revising antitrust law and the gig economy’s new Taylorism.
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Michelle: Can Google’s Soul Be Saved? (The Progressive)
Google Workers For Action on Climate (Medium)
Lois Weiner, @drloisweiner
Kenzo Shibata, @KenzoShibata
Sarah: The Chicago Teachers Strike Was a Lesson in 21st-Century Organizing(The Nation)
Sarah: How Chicago Teachers Built Power Between Strikes (The Progressive)
Sarah: Josh Gabert-Doyon, I Saw the Gig Economy’s Bleak Future During a 96-Hour Work Marathon (Vice)
Michelle: Sanjukta Paul and Sandeep Vaheesan, Make Antitrust Democratic Again! (The Nation)